Domestic milk intake by Irish creameries and pasteurisers increased by 2.9% in June 2020 compared to the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
In stats revealed today, Thursday, July 30, it was revealed that some 1.03 billion litres went through Irish dairy processors last month.
The official figures for June 2020 was 1,030.3 million litres – up some 29.3 million litres on the 1,001 million litres produced in the same month in 2019.
In numerical terms, this is up 1.7 million litres from 45 million litres sold for human consumption in the sixth month of 2019.
Of this 46.7 million litres, 31.6 million litres went in whole milk sales, while some 15 million litres went through skimmed and semi-skimmed sales.
In addition, it was found that butter production increased by 7.1% to 30,120t.
Meanwhile, skimmed milk powder sales last month were up about 500t on June 2019, to 18,900t.
On a European level, EU milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers between January and May 2020 saw a small increase of 1.3% compared to the same time period for 2019.
Ireland’s production during this time period saw an increase of 3.7% for the first five months of 2020, recording 3,431,000t up to May this year, compared to 3,309,000t for the same time period last year.