Statistics Canada released its latest Dairy Statistics in February. The publication contains data on the dairy industry, including the volume of milk and cream sold off farm, sales of fluid milk and cream, production of selected products and by-products, stocks of various dairy products, and imports and exports of milk and dairy products.
Here are some of the highlights.
• For the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2008, Canadian requirements were 49.92 million hectoliters as determined by the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee.
• Canadian milk producers sold 3.1 million kilolitres of milk and cream to dairies during the first five months of the 2008-2009 dairy year, down 2.0% from last year.
• Industrial milk sales, which accounted for 58.6% of all milk sold, totalled 1.82 million kilolitres.
• Fluid milk sales, at 1.29 million kilolitres, were 0.7% above year-ago levels.
• Canadian consumers purchased 1.26 million kilolitres of milk and cream during the first five months of the 2008-2009 dairy year, 1.2% less from the same period of the 2007-2008 dairy year.
• Sales of 2% milk, the most popular, were slightly lower at 523 thousand kilolitres. Sales of 1% milk and skim milk both increased slightly, at 254 thousand kilolitres and 121 thousand kilolitres, respectively. Sales of standard (homogenized) milk at 158 thousand kilolitres declined 3.3%.
• Total cream sales, at 120 thousand kilolitres, decreased 3.1% from year-ago levels.
• Butter production decreased during the first five months of the 2008-2009 dairy year to 29.5 thousand tonnes from 31.0 thousand tonnes a year ago.
• Total production of variety and cheddar cheese decreased during the first five months of the 2008-2009 dairy year from last year levels.
• Variety cheese production decreased to 91.4 thousand tonnes from 100.2 thousand tonnes last year while cheddar cheese production, at 61.4 thousand tonnes, increased 2.0% from the same period last year.