EU milk production totalled 82,622 tonnes in the first seven months of this year – a rise of 2.4% against the same period in 2010.
Ireland showed the greatest production increase, rising by 10.7%, as Irish milk producers responded to a national strategy to increase production by 50% by 2020, said a report by DairyCo. “Supply in France also increased considerably, up 5.2% over the same period last year.”
The UK and the Netherlands also exceeded the average increase, up by 2.9% and 2.5%, respectively. In contrast, Italy and Denmark saw small declines, dropping by 1.7% and 1.2% each.
“Weak consumer demand and a slowing economic growth within the EU mean that stocks have been mounting and the world market has been an important outlet for EU dairy production,” said the report. “Accordingly, EU exports to the rest of the world have seen strong increases over the year, particularly for casein, whey powder, lactose, butter oil and most notably for SMP, which was up 33% in January-June 2011 compared to a year earlier.”