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CSO statistical release, 28 February 2018, 11am

Milk Statistics

January 2018

 Jan 2017 Jan 2018 % change  
   million litres    
 Domestic Milk Intake148.7 150.9 1.5%  
 Whole Milk Sales26.2 27.8 5.8%  

Domestic milk intake is up by 1.5% in January 2018

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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 150.9 million litres for January 2018. This was 1.5% above the corresponding 2017 figure. See graph opposite.

Comparing the January 2018 milk produce figures with those for January 2017 shows that:

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 2.8 % to 45.6 million litres.
  • Butter production was up 49.5 % to 7,760 tonnes.

See Table 1 for more details.

The information used to compile this release was collected under EU Directive 96/16/EC.

Table 1 Milk Statistics
Domestic milk intake2016million147.6287.1594.6760.8929.6853.2782.5699.3583.8500.1337.1178.36653.9
   by creameries and2017litres148.7272.9620.9866.3999.6917.9875.3786.6654.0534.3380.8 1202.8 17259.9 1
    Fat content2016%
 20174. 14.09
Imported milk intake ²2016million78.676.084.685.794.756.448.350.856.755.959.765.7813.0
   2017litres66.161.674.672.982.378.0*61.458.855.458.8 1*802.0 1
Total milk sold for human2016million42.541.443.943.745.443.244.745.044.444.844.044.1527.0
    consumption ³2017litres44.440.846.543.846.647.544.945.444.745.044.244.5 1538.0 1
of which:2016million24.724.225.725.827.226.026.726.827.
   Whole milk sales2017litres26.224.227.726.428.730.027.127.627.127.327.027.1 1326.3
    Skimmed & semi-2016million17.817.218.217.918.
    skimmed milk sales2017litres18.116.618.817.417.917.417.817.817.617.717.217.4 1211.7 1
 2018 17.8
 2017tonnes5.28.520.324.228.327.023.923.318.217.315.9 111.4 1223.7 1
Skimmed milk powder2016'0004.43.58.814.324.215.413.711.07.76.8**117.7
 2017tonnes*3.35.512.124.419.614.511.58.95.7**119.8 1
 2018 *
Cheese 2015'0001.97.015.920.023.226.522.523.826.819.716.13.5207.1
1 Revised.
2 Raw milk imports and imported milk for processing on contract. This does not include imported packaged milk for retail sale.
3 Does not include imported packaged milk for retail sale.
* Confidential.
Table 2 EU Milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers‘000 tonnes
CountryJan - Dec 16Jan - Dec 17% change
European Union 1152,430155,3311.9
   Belgium3,8824,017 23.5
   Cyprus197 32169.5
   Czech Republic2,7932,9796.7
   France24,650 324,526 3-0.5
   Italy10,773 311,375 35.6
   Latvia814813 3-0.1
   Romania953 31,0287.9
   Spain6,864 37,014 32.2
   United Kingdom14,54315,1344.1
  Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO).
1 Figures for EU include provisional France, Latvia, Spain, Romania, Cyprus and Italy figures.
2 Estimate.
3 Provisional.

Background Notes


The monthly milk and milk products inquiry is a census of all creameries and pasteurisers.

Milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers

Whole milk purchased by creameries and pasteurisers from domestic producers through collection depots and separating stations including whole milk obtained from herds owned by the creameries and pasteurisers.  The fat content of the whole milk is also collected.  To convert milk intake from million litres to ‘000 tonnes use the following formula:

                1 tonne liquid milk = 971.164 litres.

Skimmed milk

Milk with less than or equal to 0.3% fat content.

Semi-skimmed milk

Milk with between 1.5% and 1.8% fat content.

Skimmed milk powder

Milk powder with not more than 1.5% milk fat content.


The cheese figures are not adjusted to a calendar month basis.

Imported Milk Intake

Raw milk imports and imported milk for processing on contract. This does not include milk already packaged for retail sale.

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