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Dairy statistics, April 2020

Released: 2020-06-26

The total amount of milk sold off farms decreased 3.1% year over year to 743 120 kilolitres in April. Meanwhile, milk sold off farms for fluid purposes increased 1.1% to 232 935 kilolitres. Milk sold off farms for industrial purposes decreased 4.8% year over year to 510 185 kilolitres.

Total cash receipts from milk and cream sold off farms amounted to $566.1 million in April, down 1.2% year over year.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Milk sold off farms in Canada
Milk sold off farms in Canada

  Note to readers

Dairy statistics are available for Canada and the provinces.

The April dairy statistics were collected during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 on dairy statistics is expected to become clearer in subsequent releases.

Milk sold off farms, total is the total milk sold from Canadian farms; it includes milk for fluid purposes and milk for industrial purposes.

Milk sold for fluid purposes is milk used for table milk and cream (excluding sour cream).

Milk sold for industrial purposes is milk used for manufactured products such as butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Data in table 32-10-0001-01 on dairy stocks are as of May 1, 2020, and represent the ending stocks of the previous month.

The Agriculture and food statistics portal, accessible from the Subjects module of our website, provides users a single point of access to a wide variety of information related to agriculture and food.

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