In the eight years from 2008 to 2016, the production of raw milk in South Africa increased with 20.3%, or a compound annual growth rate of 2.34%, according to the report by SAMPRO titled Trends in respect of raw milk purchases in the years 2008 to 2017.

The total amount of raw milk purchased in 2016, 3 158 466 390kg, was 0,45% lower than the  3 172 655 770kg purchased in 2015. In 2015, 6,37% more milk was purchased than in 2014. This was the result of the high production in the first ten months of 2015, as the production in the last two months of 2015 was lower than the production in the last two months of 2014.

According to the report, most years in which the increase in production of raw milk was high, was followed by a year with less increase or, in the case of 2009 and 2016, even a decrease in production.

The 0,45% lower production in 2016 than in  2015 was the result of the lower production in the first seven months of 2016, as the production in the last five months of 2016, was higher than in the same months of 2015. –Izak Hofmeyr, Stockfarm