Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 942.4 million litres for July 2019 – an increase of some 10.4% on July 2018’s figure, according to the latest stats from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Comparing the July 2019 milk produce figures with those for July 2018 shows that total milk sold for human consumption increased by 4.1% to 45.3 million litres, up from 43.5 million litres, according to the CSO.

The office also noted that butter production was up 18.1% to 27,680t.

Whole milk sales in July amounted to 29.4 million litres – up on the 26.8 million the previous year; while skimmed and semi-skimmed milk sales came to 15.9 million – down slightly on the 16.9 million litres from July 2018.

Butter sales recorded 27,700t last July – up on the 23,400t shifted in July 2018; while skimmed milk powder also noted an increase, recording 17,300t in July 2019, up from 13,100t during the same period last year.

Meanwhile, for the seven months from January to July of 2019, some 5.149 billion litres of milk was taken in domestically, according to the latest figures.

This was up 10.1% on the 4.678 billion litres taken in during the same period last year.

Notably, Ireland recorded a 12.3% increase in milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers for the period January to April 2019, compared to the same four months in 2018 – the largest increase in the EU.

The overall increase across the EU was 0.7% according to CSO figures, obtained from the New Cronos database, Eurostat, except Ireland and European Union total, which are sourced from the CSO itself.

It was noted that the statistics for the EU include provisional France, Latvia, Spain, Romania and Italy figures.

Source: Central Statistics Office

The information used in the CSO figures was collected under EU Directive 96/16/EC, the office noted.