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Milk Statistics

May 2013

Domestic Milk Intake2012 2013 % change  
   million litres    
 May 735.0 734.5 -0.1%  
 Jan-May 2,215.2 2,119.6 -4.3%  

Domestic milk intake down 0.1% in May

Figure 1 MS - Domestic Milk Intake
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 734.5 million litres for May 2013. This was 0.1% below the corresponding 2012 figure. See graph opposite.

Comparing the May 2013 milk produce figures with those for May 2012 shows that:

  • Total milk sold for human consumption decreased by 0.5% to 40.9 million litres.
  • Butter production was down 5.2% to 19,900 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 intake2011million146.7217.8448.5634.5738.0701.0669.8580.0483.5377.7234.4145.25,377.0
   by creameries and2012litres133.3236.6473.0637.3735.0684.3609.8546.8446.6364.2227.7130.15224.6
    pasteurisers2013125.5222.5468.2568.9 ¹734.5 
     Fat content2011%3.993.963.913.723.693.723.773.894.124.334.334.153.89
 20134.004.033.973.86 ¹3.66    
Imported milk intake ²2011million28.828.529.232.735.734.832.427.724.726.726.828.2356.1
 201334. ¹38.9    
Total milk sold for human2011million41.138.243.840.143.042.540.742.440.341.140.839.9493.8
    consumption ³2012litres40.738.843.
 201340.737.241.839.7 ¹40.9    
of which:2011million26.624.428.026.227.928.
  Whole milk sales2012litres25.424.226.624.125.325.124.825.824.525.325.525.2301.7
 201325.422.925.724.4 ¹25.4    
    Skimmed & semi-2011million14.513.815.813.915.014.514.615.414.715.215.614.4177.5
     skimmed milk sales2012litres15.314.716.415.115.815.715.615.815.215.615.414.9185.3
 201315.314.316.215.3 ¹15.5    
 20134.06.312.116.6 ¹19.9    
Skimmed milk powder2011'0003.
 20133.04.6 ¹8.3    
Cheese 2011'0002.55.315.921.624.727.221.820.319.412.26.02.8179.9
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.       
4 Confidential.   
EU Milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers‘000 tonnes
        CountryJan-Apr 2012Jan-Apr 2013% change
European Union 147,22246,004-2.6
   Belgium1,0621038 2-2.3
   Czech Republic822798-2.9
   France8,7718434 3-3.8 
   Slovenia180176 3-2.4
   Spain2050 31993 3-2.8
   United Kingdom4713 34387 3-6.9
Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO). 
1 Figures for EU include provisional UK, Spain, France and Slovenia 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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