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The International Farm Comparsion Network (IFCN) calculated that global growth in milk demand will reach more than 20 million tonnes per year by 2025.

This forecast of demand and other key dairy economic indicators are published in the IFCN article on Long-term Dairy Outlook. This 10-year outlook gives solid insights into dairy developments globally as well as for each specific country.

IFCN estimates the global milk demand growth of 25% over 10 years or 2.3% per year. The key driver for this demand growth is the growing global population as well as the increase of the milk consumption per capita. Torsten Hemme, managing director of IFCN, comments on this: “There will be one billion more consumers on this planet who will have a demand for milk products.

Globally seen, each person will consume 13 kg more in Milk Equivalent per year (i.e. 127 kg). Therefore, the level of global milk supply will also keep growing, provided that the consumers still have positive preferences for milk and the political and overall economic situation is stable.”

A key driver for the future milk supply is undoubtedly the long-term average milk price at which the farmers are able to produce. IFCN estimates this milk price level at USD $41/100 kg milk (Energy Corrected Milk at 4.0% fat, 3.3% protein); a price level that is substantially higher than the prices observed in 2015 and 2016. With this price, the milk production is expected to increase by 208 million t, which represents 8.5 times the current milk production of New Zealand.

In the next ten years there will be also significant changes in farm numbers and size. The main finding is that in 2025 there will be fewer but larger farms on a global level. By then IFCN expects the world to count 121 million dairy farms, a drop of 17.5 million farms over ten years from now. Will it mean fewer cows? No, since the number of cows and also milk yield are expected to increase. Numerically, this represents an increase in global milk production per farm of 47% until 2025.

Source: The IFCN Article ‘IFCN Long-term Dairy Outlook - The IFCN Vision of the dairy world in 2025’ is free of charge and can be downloaded here: www.ifcndairy.org

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Emmy Koeleman studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is the editor of Dairy Global and All About Feed.

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