World Milk Supplies

Published 11 October 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.

  • August deliveries^ averaged 760m litres/day, a rise of 2.2% on last year.
  • Milk supplies tracked higher in August as most of the key production regions saw year on year growth in the month. Argentina recorded a drop in deliveries in comparison to last year, although they have recently started to show some recovery.
  • Estimated daily deliveries for the EU-28 were up 3.6% from the same times last year, although this is in comparison to a period of declining deliveries. German production was slightly below previous year levels, but is starting to show some recovery. French deliveries also improved in August, showing growth for the first time this year. Growth in Poland, Ireland and Italy remains strong.

World Milk Supplies With Tracker


Annual Change World Milk Deliveries 

^EU-28 deliveries for August are estimated based on reported data covering 89% of the total.

*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.