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Ireland: Domestic milk intake down almost 2% in a year

Ireland 06.11.2023
Source: The DairyNews
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In September 2023, domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers in Ireland was reported at 770.4 million litres, indicating a 1.9% decrease of 15.2 million litres compared to the same month in 2022. Over the first nine months of 2023, domestic milk intake totaled 7.2 billion litres, reflecting a decline of 75.5 million litres, or 1%, compared to the corresponding period in 2022.
Ireland: Domestic milk intake down almost 2% in a year
The data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveals a marginal decrease in fat content from 4.56% in September 2022 to 4.55% in September 2023. However, protein content exhibited an increase, rising to 3.77% from 3.75% during the same period.

Butter production experienced a notable uptick, registering a 6.6% increase from 23,700 tonnes in September 2022 to 25,300 tonnes in September 2023. Similarly, skim milk powder (SMP) production witnessed a slight decrease, from 13,200 tonnes in September 2022 to 13,000 tonnes in September 2023.

Provisional figures for June 2023 indicate a positive trend in milk sales for human consumption, reaching 45.9 million litres—an increase from 41.5 million litres in June 2022. Whole milk constituted 31.1 million litres of this total, with skimmed and semi-skimmed milk sales accounting for 14.7 million litres.

Dr. Grzegorz Glaczynski, a statistician in the agriculture section of the CSO, commented on the findings, noting the overall decrease in domestic milk intake and the nuanced changes in fat and protein content. The report provides valuable insights into the dynamics of Ireland's dairy industry, guiding stakeholders in navigating these trends for strategic decision-making.
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