Last year, Irish dairy farmers produced a record 8bn litres of milk – 7% more than in 2018 and almost 50% or 2.5bn litres more since the lifting of milk quotas in 2015. This strong performance was a result of both rising dairy herd numbers and improvements in productivity.

The dairy herd has expanded 40% to approximately 1.5m head since 2015. Improvements in productivity came from higher returns in milk solids primarily as a consequence of investment in breeding.