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Milk Statistics

December 2015

Domestic Milk Intake2014 2015 % change  
   million litres    
 December 137.6 179.3 30.3%  
 Jan-Dec 5,648.5 6,398.9 13.3%  

Domestic milk intake up 30.3% in December

Figure 1 MS - Domestic Milk Intake
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 179.3 million litres for December 2015. This was 30.3% above the corresponding 2014 figure. See graph opposite.

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

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 3.2% to 40.8 million litres.
  • Butter production was up 44.2% to  8,520 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 and2014litres132.0214.0470.7697.0785.5732.4688.0608.2519.2426.3237.7137.65648.5
    pasteurisers2015114.8215.1454.0784.3875.1819.2770.8695.6605.7538.3346.7 1179.36398.9
     Fat content2013%
Imported milk intake ²2013million34.
Total milk sold for human2013million40.837.
    consumption ³2014litres40.436.644.136.942.240.539.839.
 201542.938.745.339.643.841.743.243.542.243.441.8 140.8507.0
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
    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
 201518.016.218.916.217.917.017.818.017.618.317.5 117.1210.5
 20153.56.614.821.924.725.024.621.618.816.813.3 18.5200.1
Skimmed milk powder2013'000****4.349.5
Cheese 2013'0002.05.717.919.024.027.421.821.421.
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-Nov 2014Jan-Nov 2015% change
European Union 1136,569139,3742.1
   Belgium3,3913,612 26.5
   Czech Republic2,2122,2913.6
   France23,171 323,190 30.1 
   Italy10,0899,777 3-3.1
   Latvia744744 30.0
   Slovenia489510 34.3
   Spain6,065 36,151 31.4
   United Kingdom13,608 313,943 32.5
Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO). 
1 Figures for EU include provisional UK, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia and Latvia figures, estimated Belgium 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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