Despite price slump and bad weather, Irish dairy farmers produced record milk volumes last year
The latest official figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that Irish milk production continues to expand, growing by 4.8pc up to November of 2016.
The figures show that the amount of domestic milk taken in by creameries and pasteurisers was 6.5 billion litres between January and November of 2016.
The growth comes despite milk producers experiencing close to a 4c/L decrease in output prices in 2016, with prices falling to 27c/L on average over the course of the year, according to figures from Teagasc.
It also says that weather conditions in 2016 were not as favourable to production as in either of the two preceding years.
While grass growing conditions were reasonable, conditions for cereal production were more difficult.
In 2016, Teagasc says low milk prices eroded some of the benefit of increased production and lower input costs, with dairy net margin per litre falling by 27pc to 7.2 cent.
Irish production growth is in start contrast to the five largest milk producing EU members 2016 (Germany, France, UK, Netherlands and Poland) with their combined production growth down significantly last year on 2015.