Irish milk production fell by 4.6% in the first month of 2017, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated at 140.9 million litres for January 2017, compared to 147.6 million litres for the corresponding month in 2016.

Last January, the total milk sold for human consumption increased by 4.1% to 44.3 million litres, the latest figures from the CSO show.

However, butter production dropped by 1% to 5,000t in January 2017 compared to the same month in the previous year, according to the CSO.

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