Global milk deliveries
Updated 20 April 2022
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.
- Global milk production continued to record a year on year deficit in February, with total milk deliveries across the key producing countries down 0.9% on the year.
- Average daily deliveries were at 809.4 million litres per day, a drop of 7.3 million litres per day from February 2021.
- New Zealand and Australia were both impacted by adverse weather, with February deliveries down on the year by 8.2% and 6.1% respectively.
- The UK’s milk production was also down on the year, with average daily deliveries down 1.7% in February, equivalent to a deficit of 0.7 million litres per day from February last year.
- In the EU-27, daily deliveries were marginally higher (0.5%) than year earlier volumes, up by 1.9 million litres per day. Production declines in the key nations of the Netherlands and Germany limited growth, although annual increases in Italy and Poland, which were up 1.9% and 3.7% respectively, help to counter this.
- Deliveries in France have improved (according to Eurostat data) with year on year comparisons at -0.1% in February, compared to recent monthly trends of 2.5% decline year on year. These figures may be revised in future.
- 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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