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Milk Statistics

September 2017

Domestic Milk Intake
2016 2017 % change
million litres  
January-September5,638.4 6,100.7 8.2%

Domestic milk intake is up by 10.5% in September 2017

Figure 1
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 644.8 million litres for September 2017. This was 10.5% above the corresponding 2016 figure. See graph opposite.

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

  • Total milk sold for human consumption increased by 0.1 % to 44.4 million litres.
  • Butter production was down 2.8 % to 17,900 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 intake2015million114.8215.1454.0784.3875.1819.2768.9693.9604.2536.3347.9181.66395.2
   by creameries and2016litres147.6287.1594.6760.8929.6853.2782.5699.3583.8500.1337.1178.36653.9
   pasteurisers2017148.7272.9620.9866.3999.6917.9857.9771.9 1644.8 
    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
 201744.440.846.543.846.647.544.445.3 144.4 
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.
 201726.224.227.726.428.730.026.927.5 126.7 
    Skimmed & semi-2015million17.916.018.716.117.616.817.718.017.417.917.317.3208.9
    skimmed milk sales2016litres17.817.218.217.918.
 2017 18.116.618.817.417.917.417.417.817.8 
 20175.28.520.324.228.327.023.923.2 117.9 
Skimmed milk powder2015'0001.81.93.411.516.617.211.310.510.56.2**99.1
 2017 *3.35.512.124.419.614.711.5 19.0 
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 - Jul 16Jan - Jul 17% change
European Union 192,37892,209-0.2
   Belgium2,3502,366 20.7
   Cyprus115 312710.2
   Czech Republic1,6791,7574.7
   France15,133 314,722 3-2.7
   Italy6533 36,746 33.3
   Latvia473472 3-0.3
   Romania583 36185.9
   Spain4,105 34,153 31.2
   United Kingdom8,8328,784-0.5
  Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO).
1 Figures for EU include provisional France, Latvia, Spain, Romania, Cyprus 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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