Figures just released by the Intervention Board give substance to dairy industry worries that UK milk production will not reach quota for the current quota year. The UK milk quota totals 13,988.8 million litres with a butterfat base of 3.97%. This is equivalent to an average butterfat adjusted daily output of 38.3m litres. But in practice, because milk production fluctuates, each month is given a quota profile. Production for September is 1,055m litres, with an unusually high butterfat content of 4.05%. The resulting butterfat adjusted figure is nearly 25m litres short of the quota profile. On the quota year, butterfat adjusted deliveries are 169 million litres down on a quota profile of 7.2 billion litres. This means that just half way through the quota year the quota profile gap is over four days' production. There are also suggestions that there are simply not enough cows in production at the moment to fill the gap, regardless of how technically adept the UK's remaining dairy producers are at maximising milk yields. The shortfall is doubly serious for the British economy, in that the UK quota only allows for a self-sufficiency level of 85%. This is the first shortfall in 10 years, since quotas were introduced in 1984. {{PROVISIONS }}

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