China Milk Outputs
Gloria Van Rees
In a recent post on vaccines we referenced the tainted milk scandal of 2008. Today we look at recent milk output numbers. A note on the data, the output numbers appear to be published at random monthly intervals. The most recent numbers available are from May. Liquid milk output increased 16 million tons in May from March, which saw the lowest output in 12 months, but is still nowhere near the September 2017 high of 265 million tons. Milk powder is flat in recent months, yet lower by 4.4 million tons from the rolling 12 month high in December 2017. Dry milk products decreased sharply from April May losing 6.1 million tons in output. Overall milk production has decreased in the last 12 months. If this is due to production issues or lack of demand we cannot tell, but overall fewer milk products are making it to Chinese markets.