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Background Notes

Domestic Milk Intake down 15.2 million litres in September 2023

Online ISSN: 2009-566X
CSO statistical publication, , 11am

Background Notes

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


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% 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.

Note: As figures in the text and tables have been rounded, there may be slight discrepancies between the sum (or difference) of the constituent items and the totals shown.