By National Dairy Council | 12 April 1999
Each year in the UK, 14.3 billion litres of milk are produced. At farm gate prices, this represents a market worth £31/2 billion.
Half of all produced milk will enter the liquid milk market, the remainder will go for manufacture into dairy products such as cream, cheese, butter and yogurt.
The UK market for the five major dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and cream) is worth an estimated £6 billion at retail prices.
Almost 90% of all household milk purchased in England and Wales is pasteurised milk. Over the years, there has been a significant increase in the market share of low-fat milks.
Household milk purchases by type
Source: Taylor Nelson AGB
Amazing UK milk facts
There are 35,480 dairy farms...housing just under 2,600,000 dairy cows.
One dairy cow produces 10,000 pints of milk in a year, enough to supply 26 families with their daily pintas.
14,329,000,000 litres of milk are produced each year, of which 7,004,000,000 litres are sold for liquid consumption a year.
In 1995, a little over four pints of liquid milk per person per week were consumed. This equates to just under ten pints per week per household.
Liquid milk accounts for nearly 7% of the total grocery bill, all other dairy products account for a further 6%.
1n 1995, 355,000 tonnes of cheese were produced.