Based on an average 98% of reported milk, EU-28 deliveries rose 1.3% YOY in September. Only two countries – Austria and Greece have still not reported data on Eurostat. September milk output increased across all countries reporting data except Lithuania (-1% YOY) while Germany was flat. The largest growth was in Italy (+3% YOY), followed by Poland (+2.5% YOY). French production in September also rose – up 1.1% YOY, but that expansion does not reflect dry conditions in some areas of the country which affected supply at the start of Q4-20. Irish and UK output for the month increased by 1.4% YOY and 0.7% YOY, respectively. September deliveries also increased in Spain (+2.2% YOY), Belgium (+3% YOY) and the Czech Republic (+4.1% YOY).
According to the most recent available data, French milk production fell 3.2% in week 44 (ending 1 November 2020). That was the fourth consecutive weekly contraction. German supply was flat YOY in the same week, following seven consecutive weekly declines. According to daily AHDB milk collections data, UK milk supply rose 1.9% in the first seven days of November – this followed a 2% expansion in October.