World Milk Supplies

Published 19 September 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.

  • July deliveries averaged 744m litres/day, up 1.0% on the 2017 figure of 736m litres/day .
  • Growth in European milk production slowed again in July as a result of the recent hot and dry weather.
  • US milk production growth also slowed, as farmers sell off cows due to a squeeze on margins from low milk prices.
  • Average daily deliveries continued to fall in Australia due to the impacts of drought. The other key producing regions continued to record higher milk production in July than last year.

World Milk Supplies With Tracker


Annual Change World Milk Deliveries

^EU-28 deliveries for July are estimated based on reported data covering 88% of the total, including provisional data for Spain (FEGA) and France (Agri-Mer).

*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 the most recent 12 months of milk production for these regions iallows AHDB to create a milk profile for the coming year. This is not a forecast, but simply a baseline projection determined by historic trends.