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CSO statistical release, 28 February 2013, 11am

Milk Statistics

January 2013

 Jan 2012 Jan 2013 % change  
   million litres    
 Domestic Milk Intake133.7 117.9 -11.8%  
 Whole Milk Sales25.4 24.6 -3.1%  

Domestic milk intake down 11.8% in January

Figure 1 MS - Domestic Milk Intake
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Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 117.9 million litres for January 2013. This was 11.8% below the corresponding 2012 figure. See graph opposite.

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

  • Total milk sold for human consumption decreased by 2.2% to 39.8 million litres.
  • Butter production was down 10.0% to 3,600 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 and2012litres133.7236.6473.0637.3 ¹735.0 ¹684.3609.8546.8446.6364.3227.7135.6 ¹5230.6 ¹
     Fat content2011%3.993.963.913.723.693.723.773.894.124.334.334.153.89
Imported milk intake ²2011million28.828.529.232.735.734.832.427.724.726.726.828.2356.1
Total milk sold for human2011million41.138.243.840.143.042.540.742.440.341.140.839.9493.8
    consumption ³2012litres40.738.843. ¹487.0 ¹
of which:2011million26.624.428.026.227.928.
  Whole milk sales2012litres25.424.226.624.125.325.124.825.824.525.325.525.2 ¹301.7 ¹
    Skimmed & semi-2011million14.513.815.813.915.014.514.615.414.715.215.614.4177.5
     skimmed milk sales2012litres15.314.716.415.115.815.715.615.815.215.615.414.9 ¹185.3 ¹
Skimmed milk powder2011'0003.
Cheese 2010'0002.15.115.517.922.325.520.217.019.513.49.73.7171.8
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-Oct 2011Jan-Oct 2012% change
European Union 1116,388117,5481.0
   Belgium2,6062,613 20.3
   Czech Republic1,9782,0624.3
   France20,51620,489 3-0.1
   Spain4,972 35,057 31.7
   United Kingdom11,608 311,518 3-0.8
Source: New Cronos database, Eurostat (except Ireland and European Union total, CSO). 
1 Figures for EU include provisional UK, Spain and France 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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