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Milk Statistics

October 2016

Domestic Milk Intake2015 2016 % change
   million litres  
 October 536.3 513.1 -4.3%
 Jan-Oct 5,865.8 6,173.1 5.2%

Domestic milk intake down 4.3% in October

Figure 1
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 513.1 million litres for October 2016. This was 4.3% below the corresponding 2015 figure. See graph opposite.

Comparing the October 2016 milk produce figures with those for October 2015 shows that:

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 0.3 % to 43.6 million litres.
  • Butter production was up 0.2% to 15,760 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 intake2014million132.0214.0470.7697.0785.5732.4688.0608.2519.2426.3237.7137.65648.5
   by creameries and2015litres114.8215.1454.0784.3875.1819.2768.9693.9604.2536.3347.9181.66395.2
    pasteurisers2016154.5308.5589.2760.8929.6853.2782.5699.3582.5 1513.1   
     Fat content2014%
Imported milk intake ²2014million38.837.640.843.651.145.444.840.938.637.443.948.2511.1
Total milk sold for human2014million40.436.644.136.942.240.539.839.
    consumption ³2015litres42.938.745.339.643.841.743.243.542.243.441.841.7507.8
of which:2014million23.521.325.421.924.924.323.323.223.223.624.224.9283.6
  Whole milk sales2015litres25.022.726.623.626.224.925.525.524.725.524.424.4298.9
    Skimmed & semi-2014million16.915.418.715.017.416.216.516.016.016.517.117.2198.6
     skimmed milk sales2015litres17.916.018.716.117.616.817.718.017.417.917.317.3208.9
 2016 17.817.218.217.918.
 20165.09.320.121.724.423.220.320.318.3 115.8
Skimmed milk powder2014'000***3.970.6
 2016 17.7 17.2
Cheese 2014'0002.36.518.422.824.826.521.820.422.
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 - Sep 15Jan - Sep 16% change
European Union 1114,954116,9301.7
   Belgium2,9642982 20.6
   Czech Republic1,8902,13312.8
   France19086 318888 3-1.0 
   Italy8122 38191 30.8
   Latvia616626 31.7
   Romania706742 35.1
   Slovenia436 3438 30.5
   Spain5051 35222 33.4
   United Kingdom11507 311094 3-3.6
  Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO). 
1 Figures for EU include provisional France, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain, Romania and UK 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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