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Dairy Manager Latest Results

yieldAnalysis of herds using Kingshay costings service are continuing to show an increase in average milk prices for September 2017. These were up by 33% compared to September 2016 (29.62ppl compared to 22.35ppl last year). Also monthly margins were higher, with a 48% increase in MOPF per cow in herd. Average cow numbers were up by 3% to 204 for September 2017.

Milk yields increased by 4%, to 25.2 l/cow/day compared to September 2016. The graph highlights monthly changes to daily milk yields compared to the previous year. Each month was lower for the past year until February 2017, when the effects of a challenging grazing season last year and low milk price are reflected. Milk from forage has decreased slightly by 4% to 7.3 litres/cow/day.

MFFConcentrate use increased by 6% to 8.2 kg per cow per day and concentrate prices increased by 9% to £214 per tonne. This resulted in an overall rise of 12% in purchased feed costs to 7.70ppl.

The rolling margins (MOPF) per litre for the year ending September 2017 averaged 19.24ppl, 22.5% higher than the previous year due to the increase in milk price. This translates to £1,553 per cow which was 22.7% higher per cow than last year, the negative differential between per litre and per cow percentage changes being due to the increase in concentrate costs.

Other rolling trends for the year ending September 2017 include -


  • Average herd size increased by 2% to 200 cows in herd.
  • Yields averaged 8,073 litres per cow, a 0.1% increase on last year.
  • Milk from forage decreased by 3.8% to 2,555 litres per cow.
  • Cell Counts decreased slightly at 160 (‘000).
  • Milk price up 18.2% to 26.57ppl.
  • Purchased feed costs at 7.33ppl were 8.3% higher than last year, with concentrate prices averaging £214/tonne.

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