September milk production falls and drops below corresponding 2015 levels
Irish milk production continues to fall, with figures for September showing a fourth consecutive fall in milk supplies.
CSO figures show that domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 583.2m litres for the month of September, which was 3.5% below the corresponding September 2015 figure.
The drop comes after 4,500 dairy farmers in Ireland signed up for the EU Milk Reduction Scheme in recent weeks.
The figures from the CSO also show that after reaching a peak in May (929m litres) this year, Irish milk supplies have dropped – as the seasonality of the sector kicks in. Total supplies in August this year were 600m litres and in July were 782m litres.
Comparing this September with the corresponding month last year, the figures show that total milk sold for human consumption increased by 4.4pc to 44.0m litres. The figures from the CSO also show that imported milk levels in September were back slightly on August.
Butter production was up 3.8pc to 17,900t.
Meanwhile, figures from across Europe for the first seven months of this year show that Irish milk production continues to be 8.6pc ahead of the first seven months of 2015.
Total milk volumes in the UK are back 2.5pc, year on year, while supplies in France are back 0.1pc for the seven months, but supplies in the Netherlands are up 11.4pc year on year.