Good news on the dairy front, as new figures released by the Central Statistics office, show that domestic milk intake has increased by 1.5% on January 2017 figures.
The domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers is estimated at 150.9 million litres for January of this year alone! This represents an increase from 148.7 million litres in January 2017.
Not only that, but the total milk sold for human consumption also increased by a whopping 2.8%, up to 45.6million litres. Further increases were also witnessed on the butter markets, with butter production up by 49.5% to 7,760 tonnes on the back of a very successful 2017.
Semi-skimmed and skimmed milk sales saw decreases from 18.1 m litres in 2017 to 17.8 million in January 2018. Imported milk intake also saw increases, up from 66.1 m litres to 70 million in 2018. The fat content of milk supplies in the country saw slight improvements, up from 4.15 in January 2017 to 4.21.
The information used to compile this release was collected under EU Directive 96/16/EC and provided by the Central Statistics office.