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Milk Statistics

December 2017

Domestic Milk Intake
2016 2017 % change
million litres  
January-December6,653.9 7,268.0 9.2%

Domestic milk intake is up by 13.7% in December 2017

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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 202.7 million litres for December 2017. This was 13.7% above the corresponding 2016 figure. See graph opposite.

Comparing the December 2017 milk produce figures with those for December 2016 shows that:

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 0.5 % to 44.3 million litres.
  • Butter production was up 13.8 % to 9,490 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 intake2015million114.8215.1454.0784.3875.1819.2768.9693.9604.2536.3347.9181.66395.2
   by creameries and2016litres147.6287.1594.6760.8929.6853.2782.5699.3583.8500.1337.1178.36653.8
   pasteurisers2017148.7272.9620.9866.3999.6917.9875.3786.6654.0534.3389.0 1202.77268.0
    Fat content2015%
Imported milk intake ²2015million50.747.549.853.060.558.654.644.038.440.344.351.9593.7
Total milk sold for human2015million42.938.745.339.643.841.743.243.542.243.441.841.7507.8
    consumption ³2016litres42.541.443.943.745.443.244.745.044.444.844.044.1527.0
 201744.440.846.543.846.647.544.945.444.745.044.2 144.3537.9
of which:2015million25.022.726.623.626.224.925.525.524.725.524.424.4298.9
   Whole milk sales2016litres24.724.225.725.827.226.026.726.827.
 201726.224.227.726.428.730.027.127.627.127.327.0 127.0326.3
    Skimmed & semi-2015million17.916.018.716.117.616.817.718.017.417.917.317.3208.9
    skimmed milk sales2016litres17.817.218.217.918.
 2017 18.116.618.817.417.917.417.817.817.617.717.2 117.3211.6
 20175.28.520.324.228.327.023.923.318.217.316.0 19.5221.9
Skimmed milk powder2015'0001.81.93.411.516.617.211.310.510.56.2**99.1
 2017 *3.35.512.124.419.614.511.58.95.7**119.9
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 - Nov 16Jan - Nov 17% change
European Union 1140,320142,7611.7
   Belgium3,5613,680 23.3
   Cyprus180 31979.6
   Czech Republic2,5702,7296.2
   France22,603 322,444 3-0.7
   Italy9,878 310,438 35.7
   Latvia752751 3-0.2
   Romania883 39507.6
   Spain6,294 36,425 32.1
   United Kingdom13,35813,8783.9
  Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO).
1 Figures for EU include provisional France, Latvia, Spain, Romania 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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