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Dairy Manager Latest Results

MOPFHerds using the Kingshay Dairy Manager costings service have seen a decrease in milk price of just over 0.5 pence per litre in February compared to January 2018. Average monthly milk price still remains stronger than 12 months previous by 6% overall (29.46 ppl against 27.76 ppl last year). This month’s margin over purchased feeds per cow (MOPF) has decreased by £15 compared to January 2018 but, against February 2017, MOPF is £11 per cow higher. This equates to a difference of 6.9% mainly driven by the difference in milk price.

Feed use has increased from January to February by 0.2kg/cow/day to 9.1kg/cow/day, with a higher concentrate use per litre, from 0.33kg to 0.34kg/litre. In line with the increase in concentrate use per cow per day,  yield per cow in milk has increased by 0.2 litres per day. The concentrates price per tonne has remained consistent month on month at £220 per tonne but £7 per tonne higher than February 2017.

MFFLooking at the total of all purchased feed cost per litre, although there has been a decrease of 0.08ppl to 8.38 from 8.46ppl in January 2018, it is still 0.32ppl higher compared to February 2017 figures. Against January 2018, MOPF per litre has decreased from 21.58ppl to 21.08ppl which has very closely mapped the change in milk price

Milk from forage figures for the latest two months have shown a decrease of 0.1 to 6.6 litres/day from 6.7 litres/day in January 2018, approximately 3% lower than those of February 2017 which were 6.8 litres per day.

Butterfat and protein values have remained constant at 4.20% and 3.31% respectively. SCC’s have risen from 149 to 151 although are lower compared to February 2017 figures, of 152.

Rolling average milk price increased from 23.14ppl to 28.68ppl, an increase in the rolling average of 5.54ppl.

Other rolling trends for the year ending February 2018 include -

  • Average herd size increased by 3.33 cows in herd, to 206.33.
  • Yields averaged 26.06 litres per cow per day, an increase of 0.56 litres per cow per day on last year.
  • Percentage of milk from forage has decreased by 3%. Currently 31% of production can be attributed to forage, compared to the previous year of 32%.
  • Milk price up 23.30% to 28.68ppl (23.14ppl in the previous year).
  • Purchased feed costs at 0.61ppl higher than last year, with the concentrate price per tonne, 7% higher than last year averaging £218/tonne.

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