The volume of raw milk delivered to Latvia in the first nine months of this year has increased by 0.4% compared to the same period last year and was 600 626 tons, according to the data of the Agricultural Data Centre.
Of this, the volume of raw milk delivered in September 2019 in Latvia has increased by 1.5%, reaching 69 756 tons.
Meanwhile, the number of dairy cows continued to decline in September this year, as in all previous months. In September this year 142 190 dairy cows were registered in the country, which is 4.3% less than in September 2018, when 148 641 dairy cows were registered. At the same time, milk from 126 709 dairy cows for processing was sold in September this year, which is 3.8% less than a month earlier.
Information from the Agricultural Data Centre also shows that in September 2019 there were 13 543 herds registered in Latvia, which is 10.7% less than in September 2018. Of which, milk for processing was transferred in September this year from 6 620 herds, which is 5.9% less than the previous month when there were 7 034 herds.
European Commission (Dairy Market Observatory) data on preliminary milk purchase price data of European Union (EU) Member States show that in Latvia the price in September was 285 EUR/ton, which is 0.5% more than a month before, when it was 283.7 EUR/ton.
By contrast, the EU average preliminary purchase price for milk in September this year was 337.8 EUR/ton, up 0.4% from the previous month.
Information source: LETA