Ireland leads increases in milk production in EU
Ireland is ahead of the pack when it comes to increasing national milk output ahead of quota abolition, European dairy production figures show.
Ireland produced 11pc more milk from January-September this year than it did in the same period last year.
This 11pc increase was by far the biggest national increase recorded across the EU member states.
France, Latvia and Austria recorded the next highest national increases, at 5.4pc, 4.9pc and 3.9pc higher year-on-year respectively.
Britain, Spain, Germany, Holland and Poland all recorded national increases of up to 3pc in the same period.
Milk production fell dramatically in Bulgaria (-11.2pc), while Romania (-6pc) and Hungary (-6.5pc) also fell considerably year-on-year.
The expansion trend in Ireland looks set to continue, with figures from the ICBF showing that dairy cow numbers are expected to increase by 2.5pc next year.
The ICBF analysis also shows a projected 4.1pc increase in cow numbers in 2013.