Canadian Dairy Statisitcs

This publication provides a statistical summary on the dairy industry in Canada and the provinces for current and previous calendar years.
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  • For the 12 month period ending 30 September 2009, Canadian requirements were 50.23 million hectolitres (at 3.6 per cent butter fat(BF)) 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).

  • Canadian milk producers sold 7.57 million kilolitres of milk and cream to dairies during the 2008-2009 dairy year, down one per cent from the same period last year.

  • Industrial milk sales, which accounted for 60.1 per cent of all milk sold, totalled 4.55 million kilolitres. Fluid milk sales, at 3.02 million kilolitres, were slightly above year-ago levels.

  • Canadian consumers purchased 3.01 million kilolitres of milk and cream during the 2008-2009 dairy year, down 0.6 per cent from last year levels.

  • Sales of two per cent milk, the most popular, were virtually unchanged at almost 1 249 thousand kilolitres. Sales of one per cent milk and skim milk both increased, at 608 thousand kilolitres and 290 thousand kilolitres respectively. Sales of standard (homogenised) milk at 372 thousand kilolitres declined 2.7 per cent.

  • Total cream sales, at 278 thousand kilolitres, declined 2.4 per cent from year-ago levels.

  • Butter production, at 84 thousand tonnes, decreased 1.7 per cent from year ago levels during the 2008-2009 dairy year.

  • Total production of variety and cheddar cheese during the 2008-2009 dairy year decreased 2.4 per cent from last year levels.

  • Variety cheese production, at 230.6 thousand tonnes declined, while cheddar cheese production, at 131.9 thousand tonnes, increased three per cent from the same period last year.

Further Reading

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