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Dairy Manager Latest Results

MOPFHerds using the Kingshay Dairy Manager costings service have seen a decrease in milk price of 1.29 pence per litre in March compared to February 2018. Average monthly milk price still remains stronger than 12 months previous by 0.61ppl overall (28.17 ppl against 27.56 ppl last year). This month’s average margin over purchased feeds per cow (MOPF) is £142, an increase of £4 compared to February 2018 but, against March 2017, MOPF is £3 per cow lower driven by a 10% increase in average “all purchased feed” prices along with a 5% increase in overall use per cow.

Feed use per litre has remained the same at 0.34kg/litre between February to March, however total use per cow dropped by 0.1kg/cow/day to 9.0kg/cow/day reflecting a reduction in yield per cow of 0.2 litres per day. The concentrate price per tonne has remained consistent month on month at £220 per tonne since January but £5 per tonne higher than March 2017.

Looking at the total of all purchased feed cost per litre, this has increased by 0.02ppl compared to February, which is also higher by 0.69ppl compared to March 2017. Against February 2018, MOPF per litre has decreased from 21.08ppl to 19.77ppl, which has very closely mapped the change in milk price

yieldThe most notable recent trend is the change in daily milk production per cow compared to the previous year. The combination of the extreme cold in late winter combined with late turnouts caused a negative swing in year on year results of over 0.3 litres per cow per day. This is the first month in the past year, which has not shown increases against the equivalent month and, although the circumstances were unwelcome, one positive effect of these conditions across Europe has been stronger milk prices than many predicted at the start of 2018.

Butterfat and protein values have remained constant at 4.22% and 3.30% respectively. SCC’s have risen from 151 to 152, although are lower compared to March 2017 figure of 154.

Rolling average milk price increased from 23.72ppl to 28.84ppl, an increase in the rolling average of 5.12ppl.

Other rolling trends for the year ending March 2018 include -

  • Average herd size increased by 3.08 cows in herd, to 206.75.
  • Yields averaged 26.03 litres per cow per day, a decrease of 0.3 litres per cow per day on last year.
  • Percentage of milk from forage has decreased by 1%. Currently 31% of production can be attributed to forage, compared to the previous year of 32%.
  • Milk price up 21.7% to 28.74ppl (23.55ppl in the previous year).
  • Purchased feed costs at 0.6ppl higher than last year, with the concentrate price per tonne £13.08 higher than last year averaging £218/tonne.


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