Global Milk Production Update – Jan ’20
Combined milk production within the major dairy exporting regions of New Zealand, the EU-28, the U.S., Australia and Argentina finished 0.5% higher on a YOY basis during Nov ’19, reaching a record high seasonal level. The aforementioned regions combined to account for nearly 90% of global butter, cheese, whole milk powder and nonfat dry milk export volumes throughout 2018. Combined milk production growth rates experienced throughout the major dairy exporting regions decelerated over much of 2018 but remained positive until Nov ’18, when production volumes declined on a YOY basis for the first time in the past 22 months. Combined milk production volumes had finished flat or lower on a YOY basis over eight consecutive months through Jun ’19, prior to finishing flat or higher on a YOY basis throughout each of the past five months through Nov ’19. Nov ’19 YOY increases in milk production on a percentage basis were led by Argentina (+2.0%), followed by the EU-28 (+0.6%), the U.S. (+0.5%) and New Zealand (+0.3%). The increases in milk production volumes more than offset a 3.4% YOY decline in Australian milk production volumes experienced throughout the month. The EU-28 produces significantly more milk than the other dairy exporting regions, accounting for nearly half of the combined production within the five exporting regions during Nov ’19. Excluding the U.S., milk production within the major dairy exporting regions increased by 0.4% on a YOY basis throughout the month of November, finishing below the growth rate exhibited within the U.S. for the third consecutive month.