Global milk deliveries

Updated 21 July 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 were up 3.3% year on year in May, reaching 828 million litres per day. This amounts to an extra 26.2 million litres per day, the highest annual increase since November 2017.
  • New Zealand had another strong month with deliveries up 7.6% from last year. However, with May a relatively low production month, this only amounts to an extra 2.2m litres per day in volumes.
  • Deliveries in the US accounted for the bulk of this growth, with production growth of 4.6% in May, an increase of 12.5m litres per day from last year, although production in 2020 was low due to the initial Covid lockdowns.
  • The EU-27 has seen some improvement in production after a slow start to the year, with May deliveries up 2.3% year on year. In total, EU-27 deliveries averaged 419.4m litres per day. Italy, France and Ireland accounted for the majority of the increased 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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