The milk statistics provide data on the quantities of raw milk produced by cows, sheep and goats in the previous calendar year and its use for human consumption and feed purposes. On the basis of a calculation model developed at federal province level and existing administrative data (milk performance control data from Rinderzucht Austria and the Austrian Federal Association for Sheep and Goats; data on direct marketing as well as milk quantities delivered to dairies and processing units from Agrarmarkt Austria), the annual results on milk production and use are determined including estimates by relevant experts from the federal chambers of agriculture.
Production means the amount of raw milk produced through the process of milking by the herd of animals kept on the farms. This also includes quantities of milk that are subsequently fed to other animals. Use means the utilization of the quantity of milk produced in this way.