Global milk deliveries
Updated 16 July 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.
- Global milk deliveries in May were down 0.2% on last year. In total, an average of 799 million litres per day was delivered across the six key regions.
- The reductions occurred in the Northern Hemisphere which saw lower production in May at the height of the coronavirus crisis. In contrast, in the Southern hemisphere regions were either in growth or flat
- The reduced deliveries in the Northern Hemisphere were in response to requests to restrict production to mitigate reduced demand from foodservice.
- May production for the EU (excluding UK) was down 0.4% from last year. Most of this reduction came from a 2% decrease in production in France.
- The US recorded a 1.1% reduction in production in May (96m litres less) while there was a drop of 1.2% in the UK, amounting to 11m litres.
- 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.