Milk production in the United Kingdom (UK) 2001/02-2017/18

During 2017/18, over 14.7 billion liters of milk were produced in the UK. This was enough to cover a bit more than the entire city and county of Cardiff in a ten-centimeter-deep sheet of milk. Only in 2015/16 was UK milk production slightly higher.

Milk production

The UK milk production had a production value of approximately 4.34 billion British Pounds in 2017. In 2016, European production volume was estimated to amount to 163.26 million metric tons of raw milk. About 25.6 million liters of liquid milk were made from these 163 million tons of raw milk. The rest of the raw milk produced that year was turned into other milk products.

Dairy product retail in Britain

The produced milk was sold at a retail price of 59 pence per liter of milk in March of 2018. During 2018, UK consumers spent a total of 12 billion British pounds on milk, cheese, and eggs. Retail expenditure in GB is highest for skimmed milk compared to other milk types.

Total milk production in the United Kingdom (UK) from milk year 2001/02 to 2017/18

Production in million litres
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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2001/02 to 2017/18

Supplementary notes

Additional information from the source states: "please note that total milk production is based on all milk produced on farm, including the milk which is delivered to dairies, milk used on farm in the production of dairy products, milk consumed in farm households, milk fed to livestock and farm waste."

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