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Milk Statistics

October 2021

Domestic Milk Intake
2020 2021 % change
million litres  
January - October7,587.4 8,046.2 6.0%

Domestic Milk Intake up by 2.4% in October 2021

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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 662.5 million litres for October 2021. This represents an increase of 2.4% over October 2020. See figure 1. 

The Protein content decreased from 3.99 % in October 2020 to 3.96% in October 2021. The Fat content increased from 4.71% to 4.76% for the same period.

During the period January to October 2021, domestic intake was estimated at 8046.2 million litres, an increase of 6% when compared to the corresponding period for 2020.

The information used to compile this release was collected under EU Directive 96/16/EC.

Table 1 Milk Statistics
Domestic milk intake2019million175.3303.6708.7953.31072.21001.0943.2842.8721.9604.7418.1241.47986.2
   by creameries and2020litres176.2331.7725.7982.71115.31031.0985.0867.6725.4646.8449.8255.88293.0
   pasteurisers2021182.2352.4829.71060.51181.01067.31017.3917.4776 1662.5   
    Fat content2019%4.214.324.233.943.853.923.964.164.424.744.844.584.17
   Protein content2019%3.423.473.323.403.443.463.463.553.793.943.853.623.54
Imported milk intake 22019million71.371.172.056.955.560.153.3*58.9***710.6
Total milk sold for human2019million44.841.946.745.245.345.044.745.143.445.443.741.8533.2
    consumption 32020litres43.142.545.847.147.345.747.444.441.741.139.539.9525.4
 202140.436.342.142.946.644.745.244.841.7 141.9   
of which:2019million26.925.329.028.528.229.429.128.626.828.926.825.8333.1
   Whole milk sales2020litres26.125.829.132.031.630.631.528.926.726.325.025.1338.6
 202125.122.426.527.730.829.730.229.026.6 126.1   
    Skimmed & semi-2019million17.916.617.716.817.215.615.716.616.716.516.916.1200.1
    skimmed milk sales2020litres17.016.716.715.215.715.115.915.415.014.814.514.8186.8
 202115.313.915.615.215.815.015.115.815.1 115.8   
 20216.510.726.930.531.431.530.828.826.5 122.4 4   
Skimmed milk powder2019'0005.2*5.821.424.218.419.*10.2142.5
 2021**11.417.727.720.626.124.6 112.38.1 
Cheese 2018tonnes3.511.625.425.630.732.926.629.931.
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 Provisional
* Confidential.
Table 2 EU Milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers‘000 tonnes
CountryJan - Sep 20Jan - Sep 21% change
   Belgium3,3563331 1-0.7
   Czech Republic2,4272,364-2.6
   France  18662 2  
   Italy8958 29375 24.7
   Latvia600616 22.8
   Romania875 2874 2-0.1
   Spain 5623 2  
  Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland, CSO).
1 Estimate.
2 Provisional.
* Confidential.

Background Notes


The monthly milk and milk products inquiry is a census of 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 = 971.16 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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