June 26, 2014


Ireland's milk output increases by 27% in 2013


Ireland's milk output in 2013 has risen by 27.2%, an increase of US$603 million, according to official figures.


Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicated that operating surplus in agriculture last year showed an annual increase of 1.5%.


This follows a decrease of 9.2% in 2012. The rise in operating surplus in 2013 can be mostly attributed to an increase of 27.2% in the value of milk output, the CSO said.


There are more than 17,000 dairy farms in Ireland, producing five billion litres of milk yearly.


Milk production in Ireland is projected to increase by 50% by 2020, according to plans stated in the Food Harvest 2020 report.


Some 495 million litres of milk are consumed as liquid milk in Ireland, with per-capita consumption of liquid milk in Ireland being the third highest in the EU.

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