MADISON - Feb 4/16 - SNS -- Dairy market conditions in western and eastern Europe were reviewed in the latest report on the sector released by the USDA today.
WESTERN AND EASTERN EUROPE WESTERN OVERVIEW: Milk production in the EU remains strong and is expected to remain strong this year, having bounced back from effects of winter storms the third week of January. Eurostat reports that EU milk production January-November, 2015, was up 2.2% from the same period of 2014. November production was up 5.2% from November 2014. Ireland posted the largest gain among EU countries, up 13% January-November and up 48.1% in November. Cheese sales in the EU are brisk. That is helping to keep inventories in balance. EU cheese production January-November, 2015, was up 1.4% from the same period of 2014. November production was up 4.6% from November 2014. Among the top 5 producing countries, the January-November changes were: Germany +0.9%; France -1.2%; Italy - 5.2%; Netherlands +8.8%; and Poland +3.5%. EASTERN OVERVIEW: In Eastern Europe, January-November milk production yielded the following percentage changes from the prior year: Bulgaria -0.7%; Czech Republic +3.0%; Poland +2.3%; and Romania +9.1%. Cheese production for the period was: Bulgaria +3.9%; Czech Republic +2.7%; Poland +3.5%; and Romania +6.6%. 0930c Eric.Graf@ams.usda.gov 608.557.7005 USDA/AMS/Dairy Market News, Madison, Wisconsin Dairy Market News website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/dairy Dairy Market News database portal: http://www.marketnews.usda.gov/mnp/da-home
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