Britain’s (GB) milking herd has continued to shrink, according to the latest data from BCMS. As of 1 July it totalled 1.73m head, 2.7% (or 48,000 head) fewer animals than last year.

Felicity Rusk from AHDB said: “The largest drop was in cows aged two to four, which accounted for 90% of the decline in the overall milking herd. This is primarily due to historic calving and insemination decisions.