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Dairy farmers break record for milk production

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

MILK: Dairy cows grazing, Chulmleigh.

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DAIRY farmers across the UK produced a record 1,090 million litres of milk in February.

It's the highest production level for the month of February since Rural Payments Agency records began in 1994/95.

Figures from DairyCo show cumulative deliveries for 2013/14 now stand at 12,414 million litres, 2.5% ahead of the three year average for 2010 to 2013.

The company, which is paid for by the dairy industry, said high farmgate prices over the past year may had encouraged many farmers to boost milk output.

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With the absence of any adverse weather conditions over the coming months hinder turnout, there should be a promising start to UK milk production in 2014/15.

Meanwhile a Milkbench report said farmers lost almost 1p a litre on average as a result of the poor weather in 2012/13.

However the top 25% of producers still averaged a profit of more than 5p per litre thanks to lower costs of feed, labour, power and machinery.

DairyCo said with the total cost of production varying by 12ppl between the top 25% and bottom 25%, it's likely many dairy farmers could take steps to manage their costs and significantly increase financial returns.

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