Global milk deliveries

Updated 19 October 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.

Overview

  • Global milk deliveries showed little growth again in August, rising 0.7% on previous year levels.
  • Total deliveries across the key regions reached 786 million litres per day, or 5.6 million litres per day more than in August 2020.
  • The EU and US were the main contributors to rising volumes, with average daily deliveries 4.5m and 3.0m litres higher than previous year levels. Argentina’s production was also up by 1.3m litres per day year on year.
  • Australia and New Zealand recorded lower deliveries in August compared to year earlier levels, down by 3.6% and 4.8% respectively.
  • In the EU-27, Germany and the Netherlands continue to record annual declines, but recovery in production in France, and continued growth in Ireland, Italy and Spain have lifted EU deliveries up in August overall.
graph comparing average daily global milk deliveries
graph of annual change in global milk delivery volumes

Additional information

  • 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. 

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Global milk deliveries for selected regions

Global milk deliveries with tracker

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