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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Milk Statistics

December 2012

Domestic Milk Intake2011 2012 % change  
   million litres    
 December 145.2 136.2 -6.2%  
 Jan-Dec 5,377.0 5,231.0 -2.7%  

Domestic milk intake down 6.2% in December

Figure 1 MS - Domestic Milk Intake
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 136.2 million litres for December 2012. This was 6.2% below the corresponding 2011 figure. See graph opposite.

Comparing the December 2012 milk produce figures with those for December 2011 shows that:

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 0.8% to 40.2 million litres.
  • Butter production was down 16.3% to 4,100 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 intake2010million118.1192.7380.8530.8693.9664.9623.3562.0490.7437.0303.1176.15,173.4
   by creameries and2011litres146.7217.8448.5634.5738.0701.0669.8580.0483.5377.7234.4145.25,377.0
    pasteurisers2012 133.7236.6473.0637.2734.9684.3609.8546.8446.6364.3227.7 1136.25,231.0
     Fat content2010%4.013.993.893.673.573.653.753.834.014.184.354.233.85
 2011 3.993.963.913.723.693.723.773.894.124.334.334.153.89
 2012 3.984.063.993.813.753.763.853.944.134.344.384.143.94
Imported milk intake 22010million 35.432.433.934.540.732.330.932.428.
 2012 32.929.832.338.942.340.539.729.526.728.333.931.1405.7
Total milk sold for human2010 million41.438.344.538.341.540.640.841.740.840.842.141.5492.2
    consumption 32011litres41.138.243.840.143.042.540.742.440.341.140.839.9493.8
 2012 40.738.843. 140.2487.1
of which:2010million27.625.
  Whole milk sales2011litres26.624.428.026.227.928.
 2012 25.424.226.624.125.325.124.825.824.525.325.525.5301.9
    Skimmed & semi-2010million13.813.115.413.114.313.914.214.614.314.514.814.4170.2
     skimmed milk sales2011litres14.513.815.813.915.014.514.615.414.715.215.614.4177.5
 2012 15.314.716.415.115.815.715.615.815.215.615.414.8185.2
 2012 4.07.413.916.921.019.415.914.010.810.07.8 14.1145.0
Skimmed milk powder2010'0003.0*1.36.810.*4.560.3
 2012 ****52.3
Cheese 2010'0002.15.115.517.922.325.520.217.019.513.49.73.7171.8
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-Oct 2011Jan-Oct 2012% change
European Union 1116,388117,5531.0
   Belgium2,6062,613 20.3
   Czech Republic1,9782,0624.3
   France20,51620,491 3-0.1
   Spain4,972 35,057 31.7
   United Kingdom11,608 311,518 3-0.8
Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO). 
1 Figures for EU include provisional UK, Spain and France 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.

Related releases

The CSO publishes an annual supply balance sheet relating to milk and milk products.

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