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CSO statistical release, 30 April 2015, 11am

Milk Statistics

March 2015

Domestic Milk Intake2014 2015 % change  
   million litres    
 Mar 470.7 452.4 -3.9%  
 Jan-Mar 816.7 781.8 -4.3%  

Domestic milk intake down 3.9% in March

Figure 1 MS - Domestic Milk Intake
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 452.4 million litres for March 2015. This was 3.9% below the corresponding 2014 figure. See graph opposite.

Comparing the March 2015 milk produce figures with those for March 2014 shows that:

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 2.4% to 45.1 million litres.
  • Butter production was up 0.6% to 14,500 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 intake2013million125.5222.9468.1568.7733.2700.9652.7592.7498.5418.3276.4164.85422.7
   by creameries and2014litres132.0214.0470.7697.0785.5728.2688.5608.7519.6433.6238.8137.65654.1
    pasteurisers2015114.3215.1 ¹452.4
     Fat content2013%
 20154.114.15 14.06 
Imported milk intake ²2013million34.
Total milk sold for human2013million40.837.
    consumption ³2014litres40.436.644.136.942.240.539.839.
 201542.938.7 ¹45.1
of which:2013million25.422.825.324.725.424.324.624.123.023.623.923.4290.4
  Whole milk sales2014litres23.521.325.421.924.924.323.323.223.223.624.123.3282.0
 201524.922.5 ¹26.3
    Skimmed & semi-2013million15.414.315.915.415.614.715.016.616.216.916.616.1188.7
     skimmed milk sales2014litres16.915.418.715.017.416.216.516.016.016.517.116.2197.7
 201518.016.2 ¹18.9
 20154.16.4 ¹14.5
Skimmed milk powder2013'000****4.349.5
 20152.11.1 ¹2.5
Cheese 2013'0002.05.717.919.024.027.421.821.421.
 2014tonnes2.38.220.926.0 ¹28.8 ¹31.3 124.2 122.6 123.7 117.4 16.32.8214.3 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.      
EU Milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers‘000 tonnes
        CountryJan-Dec 2013Jan-Dec 2014% change
European Union 1140,542146,7674.4
   Belgium3,4743,690 26.2
   Czech Republic2,3822,4141.4
   France23,989 325,313 35.5 
   Italy9,65710,153 35.1
   Latvia736805 39.4
   Spain5,981 35,902 3-1.3
   United Kingdom13,687 314,829 38.3
Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO). 
1 Figures for EU include provisional UK, Italy, Spain, France and Latvia figures, estimated Belgium figures and exclude Malta.
2 Estimate.   
3 Provisional.   
* Confidential.   

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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