EU milk delivery growth for 2018 despite falls in EU dairy herdStaff Writer | April 17, 2018
In their latest short-term outlook, the European Commission (EC) forecast further decline to the EU dairy herd in 2018, but at a slower rate.
Britain There was a 1% decline
Despite a reduced dairy herd, the EC forecast milk deliveries to grow by 1.4% in 2018. However, the growth profile is anticipated to vary over the year.
In January 2018, collections were 4% ahead of the year earlier. In February and March, adverse weather conditions impeded grass growth and prolonged the time cows were kept in-doors.
The knock on effect was a slowdown in milk collection growth, bringing the projected milk collection for Q1 to 3% above last year. The growth is expected to slow for the remainder of 2018. ■