World Milk Supplies

Published 25 July 17

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.

  • May deliveries averaged 785m litres/day, surpassing the 2016 figure of 782 litres/day by 0.3%
  • Milk supplies tracked slightly higher than expected in May milk deliveries on the back of continued growth in the US. Most other regions’ production was either below previous year levels or at a similar level.
  • EU deliveries were roughly the same as last year despite both France and Germany remaining below previous year levels. The shortfall in these countries were counterbalanced by growth in Poland, Ireland and Spain.

World Milk Supplies With Tracker

Annual Change World Milk Deliveries 

*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 milk production for these regions in March 2017 allows AHDB to create a milk profile for the coming year. This is not a forecast, but simply a baseline projection determined by historic trends.