Did you know?
- 85% of Irish milk production is exported across the world in various dairy products
- Ireland produces enough milk to feed 52 million people
- Ireland has a rich history in the dairy sector. Operating between 1770 and 1925, the Cork butter market was, at its peak, the largest butter export market in the world.
- The Irish co-operative movement spawned by Sir Horace Plunkett started with the formation of village creameries converting milk into butter in the 1890s
In this section we look at how we process and manufacture milk products in Ireland.
Milk to dairy products calculator
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Tonnes of Butter
Tonnes of Skimmed Milk Powder
Tonnes of Butter Milk Powder
Tonnes of Whole Milk Powder
Tonnes of cheese
Tonnes of Whey Powder
Self-sufficiency in milk production
EU Median: 101
Energy consumption - Irish dairy plant
- 57% of electrical energy used in Irish milk manufacturing plants is generated onsite (primarily from Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants).
- Most of the thermal energy produced at Irish milk manufacturing plants is sourced from three main fuel sources: natural gas (69%), fuel oil (20%) and coal (8.7%)
According to studies conducted by Enterprise Ireland energy consumption in Irish manufacturing milk plants was reduced by 20% per plant between 2006 and 2009. When measured relative to tonne of product manufactured, we see a 16% reduction in energy use per tonne of product produced. Irish milk manufacturing plants have also reduced annual water consumption by 20% between 2005 and 2009.