Food In Canada


Milk producers sell 5 million+ kilolitres of milk and cream

In its latest report Statistics Canada found that Canadian milk producers sold 5.09 million kilolitres of milk and cream to dairies during the first eight months of the 2009-2010 dairy year. 

That’s up 2.1 per cent from the same period last year.

These latest results come from Statistics Canada’s Dairy Statistics report for the first quarter of 2010.

About the report

The 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.

The report also 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.


Highlights from this latest report include:

• For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2010 Canadian requirements were 50.58 million hectolitres as determined by the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee (CMSMC).

• Industrial milk sales, which accounted for 60.3% of all milk sold, totalled 3.07 million kilolitres. Fluid milk sales, at 2.02 million kilolitres, were slightly below last year’s level.

• Canadian consumers purchased 2.0 million kilolitres of milk and cream during the first eight months of the 2009-2010 dairy year, 0.2% less than a year ago.

• Sales of 2% milk, the most popular, decreased at 834 thousand kilolitres. Sales of 1% milk and skim milk decreased, at 401 thousand kilolitres and 192 thousand kilolitres respectively. Sales of standard (homogenized) milk at 249 thousand kilolitres declined 0.1%.

• Total cream sales, at 190 thousand kilolitres, increased 3.9% from a year ago.

• Butter production increased during the first eight months of the 2009-2010 dairy year to 57.0 thousand tones from 55.4 thousand tonnes a year ago.

• Variety cheese production, at 163.2 thousand tonnes increased while cheddar cheese production, at 82.4 thousand tonnes, decreased 4.7% from the same period last year.