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July 2021



Dairy Manager Latest Results

May came with a lot of rain and cool temperatures. The wettest May since 1967 saw the average monthly milk price (of herds using Kingshay’s dairy costings service) was 10% higher than May 2020, up 2.67p per litre at 29.23ppl. Although milk prices were higher, concentrate prices per tonne was also higher with a 9% rise in comparison to May 2020. Whilst the increases were both similar, the concentrate use per cow per day was 4% higher at 7.6kg/cow/day, 0.8kg less than April. Overall, the margin over purchased feed per litre was 10% higher in May 2021 at 21.60ppl compared to 19.71ppl last year, this was 0.67ppl higher than April 2021.

Total concentrate use tonnes and concentrate use per litre, are both up on May 2020, resulting in a 9% increase in purchased feed costs to 7.63ppl, however this was down 0.5ppl on April. Compared to last year, margin over purchased feed per cow was £16 per cow higher at £166 per cow, this was £6 up on April 2021.

In comparison to April 2021, milk production was similar at 28.2 litres per cow, all purchased feed cost per litre was up 11%.

Other rolling trends for the year ending May 2021 include -

  • Average herd size increased by 2 cows to 202 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,481 litres per cow, 0.6% increase on last year.
  • Milk from forage increased by 107 litres per cow to average 2,862 litres per cow.
  • Cell counts remained low at 163 (‘000), the same to the previous year.
  • Milk price increased to 28.76ppl from 28.39ppl, a rise of 1.3%
  • Purchased feed costs of 8.36ppl were higher compared to last year with a rise of 3.3%, with annual concentrate prices averaging £247/tonne compared to £237/tonne.

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More in-depth analysis of herds using Kingshay’s costings service can be found in Kingshay’s Dairy Costings Focus Report or call 01458 851555 for more details.

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If you are interested in analysing and comparing your herd’s figures with other similar herds, give us a call on 01458 851555. More details of this simple and easy-to-use service can be found HERE.