Global milk deliveries
Updated 21 January 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 continued to record growth in November, rising 1.5% year on year to 823 million litres per day.
- The US and EU continue to contribute the bulk of this growth, with average daily deliveries up by 7.6 and 4.1 million litres per day respectively.
- Argentina also recorded strong growth in November, with deliveries reported to be up by 7.2% (provisionally), equivalent to an additional 2.3 million litres per day.
- Production in the southern hemisphere was down on last year, with New Zealand’s daily deliveries down by 2.4m litres year on year and Australia recording no change on last 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.