As part of its Industry Information Project, the South African Milk Processors’ Organisation (Sampro) compiled a report on trends in raw milk purchases in the years 2008 to 2021. The purpose of the project is to make market signals available, which is a pre-requisite for effective competition as envisaged by the Competition Act. The information in the report was provided by Milk SA.

The total milk purchases in 2020 was 0,16% lower than in 2019. Production during three of the past thirteen years (a total of 23,1% during these years) – namely 2009, 2016, and 2020 – was 1,43%; 0,45%; and 0,16% lower, respectively (Table 1).

Table 1: Total purchases of raw milk in South Africa according to Milk SA.

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The production of raw milk in 2015 was a record-breaking 6,37% higher than in 2014. As indicated in Figure 1 and Table 1, this was the result of the high production in the first ten months of 2015. Production during the last two months of 2015 was lower than the production during the last two months of 2014.

The production of raw milk in 2016 was 0,45% lower than in 2015. As indicated in Figure 1 and Table 1, it was the result of lower production in the first seven months of 2016. Production during the last five months of 2016 was higher than in the same period in 2015. The production of raw milk in 2020 was 0,16% lower than the production in 2019, due to the lower production during eight of the twelve months of 2020.

From 2008 to 2020, the production of raw milk increased with 30,59%, or a compound annual growth rate of 2,26%.

When looking at Figure 1, it is clear that the mass purchased per day in January, March, October, and December 2020, was higher than that purchased during the same period in 2019. This while figures for February, April, May, June, July, August, September, and November 2020, were lower than during the same period in 2019.

The mass purchased per day in January, February, and March 2021 and the estimated mass purchased per day in May 2021, are lower than the mass purchased in the same months of 2020.

For more information, see the full report by Sampro here. – Press release, Sampro