April 3, 2020


Irish domestic milk intake up 7.8% in February



Irish domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers in February was estimated at 327.4 million litres, up 7.8% increase over February 2019's 303.6%, data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed. It will be noted, however, that there were 29 days in February 2020.


Milk intake in the first two months increased 5.2% to 503.6 million litres from 478.9 million litres during the same period last year.


Milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers refers to whole milk bought by creameries and pasteurisers from domestic producers through collection depots and separating stations. It includes whole milk obtained from herds owned by the creameries and pasteurisers. The fat content of the whole milk is also collected.


The CSO said total milk sold for human consumption in February increased by 1.1% to 42.4 million litres year-on-year.


Butter production also increased, by 2.3% to 10,800 tonnes.