Global milk deliveries
Updated 20 April 2021
Trends in global milk supplies impact on prices. Deliveries in the six 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-27, UK, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Combined, they account for more than 65% of global cow's milk production and around 80% of global exports of dairy products.
- Milk deliveries in the key exporting regions saw growth in February but remain slightly below the tracker. Average daily deliveries across the regions totalled 816.8 million litres per day, up 1.3% on the same month last year*.
- New Zealand strong growth in average daily deliveries in February, although this was in relation to a relatively low year in 2020. After adjusting for the leap year in 2020, deliveries were up 4.2m litres per day on average (6.7%).
- Deliveries in the US continues to show growth, with average daily deliveries up 2.0% in February, or an additional 5.5m litre per day.
- Argentina also recorded strong growth in February, with deliveries reported to be up by 5.8%, equivalent to an additional 1.5 million litres per day.
- Meanwhile, the EU-27 saw reduced deliveries in February, as key regions such as France, Germany and the Netherlands continue to run behind previous year production levels. Overall, February deliveries across the EU-27 were down 0.5% year on year.
*adjusted for leap year
- The tracker is a baseline for comparing against actual production, not a forecast of milk production.
- The baseline is calculated using historic month-on-month movements in milk production, providing information on a typical milk year in each of the key regions.