End of the Milk Quota Scheme

The Milk Quota Scheme ended on 31 March 2015.

This guidance was withdrawn on

The Milk Quota Scheme ended on 31 March 2015.

Who must keep records?

Milk producers, purchasers, processors, hauliers, laboratories and persons buying, selling or supplying milk or milk products obtained directly from a producer or purchaser had to keep records on a daily, monthly and annual basis up to 31 March 2015.

These records must be kept for 3 years, starting from the end of the quota year to which they relate. This means that records must be kept until March 2018 even though the scheme ended on 31 March 2015. These records are for any potential inspection or audit in connection with the scheme.

Regulations on keeping records

The requirement to maintain records is published in Schedule 2 to the Dairy Produce Quotas Regulations (DPQR).

Failure to maintain the records listed will result in a penalty being raised under Regulation 36 of the DPQR (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

If you have any queries about the type of records that you are required to keep, please contact the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). Contact the RPA Milk Quotas team:

Telephone: 0191 226 5050


Rural Payments Agency
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle on Tyne

Current legislation

The rules governing milk quotas and milk supplementary levy are set out in the following EC and UK regulations:

Published 31 March 2014