Global milk deliveries
Updated 4 June 2020
Trends in global milk supplies impact on prices. Deliveries in the five key exporting regions are tracked to provide an overview of current production levels and trends in global milk supplies.
The milk production regions included are the EU-28, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Combined, they account for more than 65% of global milk production and around 80% of global exports of dairy products.
- Global milk deliveries in March were up on last year. In total, an average of 815 million litres per day was delivered across the five key regions, 1.7% more than March 2019.
- Year on year growth was reported in the majority of key regions in March, with the exception of the UK and New Zealand.
- March deliveries were down 1.9% in New Zealand with dry weather impacting production. Extra feeding helped mitigate the impacts of lost grazing.
- March production for the EU (excluding UK) was up 1.2% from last year. Most of the larger producing nations, including France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, saw production growth in the month.
- The US also recorded strong production growth in March, up 2.8% on the year.
- The tracker is a baseline for comparing against actual production, not a forecast of milk production.
- The baseline is calculated using five-year averages of month-on-month movements in milk production, providing information on a typical milk year in each of the key regions.