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EU milk delivery growth for 2018 despite falls in EU dairy herd

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Staff 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
As of December 2017, there was a 1% decline in the number of dairy cows compared to the period last year, although this was inconsistent across Member States. Of note, in the Netherlands there was a 7% drop in cow numbers whereas in Ireland there was a 4% increase.

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.