I can't take it anymore. I have to butt in.
Why did mo's online article use 8-9 year old data to make its political point regarding the UK's milk import/export amounts?
Google answers the question.
The reason the UK imported and exported approximately the same amount of milk in 1996 (the year used in mogray's link when describing the puzzle of importing and exporting almost the same tonnage of milk) was because N. Ireland and Ireland had almost no domestic milk processing facilities then. The bulk of milk imports into the UK was raw milk from N. Ireland and Ireland and almost all of the exports were back to N. Ireland and Ireland as processed milk and milk products, including cheese, butter, powered milk and cream.
Apparently N. Ireland's peace has included the construction of milk processing facilities since the latest UK import/export milk product statistics show the UK imports almost zero raw milk from N. Ireland while continuing to be a major milk product exporter, the 10th largest milk product exporter in the world.
The most recent news links about UK milk processing complains about the possibility that domestic milk consumption (drinking) in the UK may soon limit the availability of milk for processing for export purposes as domestic raw milk production has not kept up with the demand for milk used for processing into milk product exports and the UK may have to find more raw milk to import to satisfy the cheese, butter, powered milk and cream export demand.
This post was edited on 1/6 at 10:27 pm