World Milk Supplies

Published 17 January 18

Milk production from the five key exporting regions of the EU-28, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the US are reported here to monitor trends in milk supplies.

These five regions account for over 65% of global milk production and around 80% of global exports of dairy products, and are therefore critical in influencing the direction of prices on global markets.

Detailed information on monthly milk deliveries in each of these regions is available in the downloadable file World Milk Deliveries - Selected Regions

The tracker* provides a baseline for comparing whether actual production is rising or falling as expected.

  • November deliveries^ averaged 806m litres/day, a rise of 3.9% on the same month as last year.
  • Milk supplies tracked higher in November predominantly due to good levels of milk production in the EU-28 along with the seasonal growth in New Zealand. However, the reduced deliveries at this time of year in 2016,prompted by EU policies, distorts the yearly comparisons. 
  • Estimated daily deliveries for the EU-28 were up 6.1% from November last year, which in turn were down 3.7% on 2015 levels. Key contributers to the production growth in the EU were the UK, Germany and France.

World Milk Supplies With Tracker


Annual Change World Milk Deliveries

^EU-28 deliveries for November are estimated based on reported data covering all but one Member State.

*Month-on-month movements in milk production in the key regions of the EU-28, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the US for the last five years were combined to create an average milk profile for a typical milk year. Applying this typical milk profile to milk production for these regions in March 2017 allows AHDB to create a milk profile for the coming year. This is not a forecast, but simply a baseline projection determined by historic trends.