Milk utilisation statistics show the volume of raw milk purchased by firms operating in Northern Ireland. They also provide data on how that milk is used in the manufacture of liquid milk, butter, cheese etc., as well as the amount of raw milk exported.
The information in the milk utilisation is used by the Northern Ireland government as evidence for assessing how raw milk is used in processing. The survey provides the information necessary to estimate the volume of dairy commodities such as liquid, cheese, powders etc. being manufactured within NI as well as the quantity of NI milk being exported to other countries for processing. Results from the survey are forwarded to Defra for inclusion with GB results to form UK figures on the volume of milk products being produced to meet the UK’s obligation under EU legislation.