Growth for key EU dairying nations in final year of quota

Published 13 May 15

EU milk production in 2014/15 was strong with some key dairying nations showing significant growth, according to year-end data available so far. Production across Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Poland and Ireland grew around 2.6% from 2013/14, an increase of nearly 2.5 billion litres.

EU production growth is expected to continue at around 1% in 2015/16, according to Commission estimates. However, a large jump in production during the first year without quota looks unlikely because low milk prices are expected to hamper growth to some extent.

EU member states' milk production (million litres)
  2013/14 2014/15 % growth Difference
Germany 29,836 30,357 1.7% 521
France 23,727    24,205* 2.0% 478
UK 13,679 14,399 5.3% 719
Netherlands 11,992 12,040 0.4% 49
Poland 9,801 10,271 4.8% 470
Ireland 5,400 5,616 4.0% 216
Total 94,435 96,889 2.6% 2,454

*estimated

Source: Eurostat, ZMB, FranceAgriMer, Eucolait