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Ireland 15.01.2024

Irish Milk Intake Dips Nearly 20% Below 2022 Levels

Source: The DairyNews
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The Central Statistics Office (CSO) reports a significant decline in domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurizers in November 2023, registering a drop of 19.8% to an estimated 388.7 million liters compared to November 2022. This figure is also 16.6% lower than November 2021 levels.
Irish Milk Intake Dips Nearly 20% Below 2022 Levels
The fat content in the milk remained relatively stable at 5.0%, while protein content experienced a marginal decrease from 3.90% in November 2022 to 3.89% last year. Notably, butter production saw a decline from 18,200 tons in November 2022 to 16,300 tons in November 2023.

For the eleven months from January to November 2023, the domestic milk intake reached almost 8.3 billion liters, marking a 3.2% decline (276.9 million liters) compared to the same period in 2022 and a 2.8% drop (234.8 million liters) from 2021 levels.

Provisional figures indicate that total milk sold for human consumption decreased from 40.0 million liters in November 2022 to 38.6 million liters in November 2023.

Noel Murphy, the chair of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association (ICMSA) Dairy Committee, emphasized that co-ops "can and should" pay 39c/L for milk supplied in December. He noted a significant reduction in production last month as farmers opted to dry off early due to slow price increases and high input costs, indicating the challenges faced by the industry. Keep an eye on developments in the coming months as stakeholders navigate these market dynamics.
Becky Smith
Becky Smith
Analyst (Livestock) AHDB
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Keith Woodford
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