June 26, 2014
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%.
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.