EU August production trends mixed

by | Sep 30, 2020 | Global, Volume trends

Only a few major producing countries have reported August milk production data on Eurostat. Dutch supply fell 1.5% YOY – this followed 12 consecutive months of growth. Belgium production also fell, down 2.4% YOY, following 41 months of continuous YOY growth. Polish output was up 2% YOY – supply has increased in every month since July 2019, but the August expansion was a 3-month low. UK production tracked generally lower since October last year, and contracted 0.5% YOY in August.

In the most recent available data, French milk production increased 0.5% in week 38 (ending 20 September 2020). That was the third consecutive weekly increase after negative trends in the second part of August, caused by dry weather in some parts of the country. German supply was negative however in week 37, and has declined in four of the last five weeks for which data is available. According to daily AHDB milk collections data, UK milk supply rose 0.2% in the first 19 days of September and is expected to continue recovering.