Global milk deliveries

Updated 16 January 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.

Overview

  • Global milk deliveries in November were only marginally up on last year. In total, an average of 809 million litres were delivered per day, 0.4% more than last November.
  • Deliveries for the year to date (Jan-Nov) are roughly the same as last year (-0.03%), equivalent to 2m litres. 
  • Year on year growth was reported in the EU, the US, New Zealand and Argentina while Australia saw continued declines.
  • Australia’s average daily deliveries were down 3.4% in November as they continue to struggle with access to feed and water. This is likely to deteriorate further as the impacts of the bushfires widen.
  • November production for the EU28 is estimated to be up slightly (0.6%) from last year. Higher production in some of the larger producing nations, including France, Germany, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands, is behind this growth.

Additional information

  • The latest EU-28 volumes are estimated, based on 84% of delivery volumes.
  • 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. 

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