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Canadian Dairy Statistics First Quarter 2009

24 May 2009

Statistics Canada

For the 12 month period ending March 31, 2009 Canadian milk requirements stood at 490,045 million litres, reports Statistics Canada in their first quarter dairy analysis.

Highlights

  • Canadian milk producers sold 4.98 million kilolitres of milk and cream to dairies during the first eight months of 2008-2009 dairy year, down 2.2 per cent from the same period last year.
  • Industrial milk sales, which accounted for 59.4 per cent of all milk sold, totalled 2.96 million kilolitres.
  • Fluid milk sales, at 2.02 million kilolitres, were slightly below year-ago levels.
  • Canadian consumers purchased 2.02 million kilolitres of milk and cream during the first eight months of the 2008-2009 dairy year, 0.5 per cent less then year ago.
  • Sales of 2 per cent milk, the most popular, were virtually unchanged at 838 thousand kilolitres. Sales of 1 per cent milk and skim milk increased, at 407 thousand kilolitres and 194 thousand kilolitres respectively. Sales of standard (homogenized) milk at 250 thousand kilolitres declined 2.7 per cent.
  • Total cream sales, at 184 thousand kilolitres, decreased 3.2 per cent from year-ago levels.
  • Butter production decreased during the first eight months of the 2008-2009 dairy year to 53.8 thousand tonnes from 56.6 thousand tonnes a year ago.
  • Total production of variety and cheddar cheese during the first eight months of the 2008-2009 dairy year decreased 6.7 per cent from last year levels.
  • Variety cheese production, at 143.2 thousand tonnes declined while cheddar cheese production, at 87.2 thousand tonnes, increased 3.7 per cent from the same period last year.

Introduction

This publication provides a statistical summary on the dairy industry in Canada and the provinces for current and previous calendar years.

Data include monthly, as well as year-to-date information, on farm sales of milk and cream for fluid and industrial purposes, cash receipts from milk and cream sold off farms, production, stocks, and supply and disposition of creamery butter, cheddar cheese and other dairy products and by-products. Data series are available on a historic basis since 1920.

This publication, Dairy Statistics, provides statistical information on the dairy products industry at national and provincial levels. Through co-operation between provincial departments of agriculture, milk marketing boards and Statistics Canada, dairy statistics are collected, compiled, disseminated and analyzed on a monthly basis.

Information on the volume of milk and cream sold off farms and commercial sales of fluid milk and cream by dairies are used by governments and provincial marketing boards in calculating provincial market sharing quota allotment and skim-off credit. These data are also important as an indicator of changes in the supply-managed dairy industry, a major contributor to total farm cash receipts.

Analysis

Canadian requirements

For the 12 month period ending March 31, 2009 Canadian requirements were 49.45 million hectolitres as determined by the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee (CMSMC).

Canadian requirements, which are calculated by the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC), represent the total demand for industrial milk and cream and are the basis for establishing national Market Sharing Quota (MSQ).

Off-farm sales to dairies below last year’s level

Canadian milk producers sold 4.98 million kilolitres of milk and cream to dairies during the first eight months of 2008-2009 dairy year, down 2.2 per cent from the same period last year. Industrial milk sales, which accounted for 59.4 per cent of all milk sold, totalled 2.96 million kilolitres. Fluid milk sales, at 2.02 million kilolitres, were slightly below year-ago levels.

Total sales of milk and cream by dairies decreased

Canadian consumers purchased 2.02 million kilolitres of milk and cream during the first eight months of the 2008-2009 dairy year, 0.5 per cent less then year ago.

Sales of 2 per cent milk, the most popular, were virtually unchanged at 838 thousand kilolitres. Sales of 1 per cent milk and skim milk increased, at 407 thousand kilolitres and 194 thousand kilolitres respectively. Sales of standard (homogenized) milk at 250 thousand kilolitres declined 2.7 per cent. Total cream sales, at 184 thousand kilolitres, declined 3.2 per cent from year-ago levels.

Butter production lower

Butter production decreased during the first eight months of the 2008-2009 dairy year to 53.8 thousand tonnes from 56.6 thousand tonnes a year ago.

Total cheese production lower

Total production of variety and cheddar cheese during the first eight months of the 2008-2009 dairy year decreased 6.7 per cent from last year levels. Variety cheese production, at 143.2 thousand tonnes declined while cheddar cheese production, at 87.2 thousand tonnes, increased 3.7 per cent from the same period last year.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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