Milk deliveries were down more than 10 per cent in September compared to the same month last year, in stark comparison to the situation at the beginning of the year, according to UK levy board AHDB Dairy.
Apart from the first few weeks of April, milk production was in line with the 3-year average through the flush. Since then, production declined at an accelerated rate with monthly production between June and August down by approximately 3-4 per cent compared to the 3-year average. The fact that milk production has fallen below the normal range since the beginning of August for this year highlights the difficulties in the sector at present.
While improved wholesale and farmgate prices may allow for some recovery in production over the coming months, it has some way to go before it is considered to be within the ‘normal’ range. As prices have been low for some time, however, factors such as debt repayments are also likely to play an important role in when production increases.
By: The Cattle Site News Desk
Source: The Dairy Site