Milk

Production and usage of cow milk in 2019

With an average annual milk yield of 7 200 kg per animal (+1.1%), the 527 000 dairy cows (-2.1%) kept in Austria produced a total of 3 781 000 tonnes of raw milk (-1.0%). The largest share (89.3%) of it, 3 378 000 tonnes (-0.4%), was provided to manufacturing enterprises. Apart from a minor waste, the remaining raw milk was used on farms: 244 000 tonnes (6.5% of the production) were fed to calves or other domestic animals and 122 000 tonnes (3.2% of the production) were used for human consumption.

Production and usage of sheep milk in 2019

Around 28 200 dairy sheep (-0.6%) held in Austria produced a total of 12 200 tonnes of raw milk (-4.0%). The average annual milk yield was 432 kg per sheep (-3.4%). 9 900 tonnes (80.9%) of the raw milk produced were used for human consumption directly or in processed form and 2 200 tonnes (18.1% of the production) for other purposes like feeding. The rest of the production was accounted as waste.

Production and usage of goat milk in 2019

The goat raw milk production increased by 1.6% to 26 500 tonnes. The average annual milk yield of the 39 000 dairy goats (+1.0%) kept in Austria rose to 680 kg per goat (+0.6%). 23 700 tonnes (89.5%) of the raw milk produced were intended for human consumption. The remaining quantity was used for other purposes (2 500 tonnes; 9.5% of the production) or recorded as waste.

Methodological notes

The milk statistics determines the raw milk yield of the previous calendar year and provides results relating to the milk used for human consumption or as a feedstuff. The data also forms the basis for further calculations, for instance in conjunction with Supply Balance Sheets or the Economic Accounts for Agriculture.

The survey of the overall raw milk yield and its use for human consumption is conducted in accordance with the criteria and definitions of the European Commission Decision of 18 December 1996 laying down provisions for the implementation of Council Directive 96/16/EC. The statistics for milk production and usage is provided annually by Statistics Austria in cooperation with the regional agricultural chambers, relevant professional associations and the “Agrarmarkt Austria” (AMA, the Austrian paying agency for agriculture and rural development).

Annual production and usage of cow milk 2015 to 2019
Annual production and usage of sheep milk 2015 to 2019
Annual production and usage of goat milk 2015 to 2019

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