USDEC expects bump in EU milk production won’t last

Many dairy farmers in the European Union and New Zealand are facing future environmental guidelines that will likely force a cut in milk production, but in the EU, that isn’t happening yet.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council says limited production growth in the EU supported a 2% gain in U.S. dairy exports in 2022, but dramatically higher milk checks triggered increased output in the third quarter.  USDEC says the EU’s 1.3% September and October production increase probably won’t last as the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy will force each member state to meet climate goals.

With the EU’s herd likely to decrease by 10% or around two million head in the next decade, USDEC sees an opportunity for increasing U.S. dairy exports.

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