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10. UK (13.9 billion kilograms) 

Dairy Farm In England

The dairy trade in the United Kingdom has been well-established for ages. At this point, there have been cows bred specifically for the very simple purpose of just being milk cows. The United Kingdom is the third largest dairy production in the whole entire European Union. However, this has not been without its share of concerns. First of all, there has been a dramatic reduction in production in the United Kingdom, characterized by a 61% reduction in the number of Dairy Producers within the country. 

9. Turkey (16.7 billion kilograms) 

Dairy Cows In Turkey

Turkey is an up-and-coming country in the field of dairy production, as seen from the fact that they continue to improve their lactation standards and they now have a higher amount of cattle to choose from. Their cow milk production is heavily concentrated around the cities of Izmir, Balıkesir, Aydın, Çanakkale, Denizli, Konya, Edirne, Manisa, Tekirdağ, Burdur, and Bursa. Turkey has seen a brisk British trade with trading with many partners within the European Union. 

8. New Zealand (18.9 billion kilograms) 

New Zealand Dairy Farm

New Zealand currently has 5 million dairy cows, with an average herd size that is continuing to rise. New Zealand has a North Island and a South Island, and most dairy farms are on the North Island (about 73% of them, in fact). The country produces milk products such as cream, butter, cheese, and milk powder and they export them to such countries as Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Bangladesh, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. The citizens of New Zealand are also highly conscious of the possibility of climate change, so they are adapting their milk-producing technology to allow for that. 

7. France (23.7 billion kilograms) 

French Dairy Farm

With over 700,000 dairy farms, this is an important industry in France. Considering it is the second largest producer of dairy in Europe and second only to Germany, one can easily see why. The country has 3.6 million dairy cows, and it exports to both Germany and Italy. 

6. Russia (30.3 billion kilograms) 

Dairy Farm In Russia

Russia is at number six using strictly traditional dairy technology. Milk production continues to stabilize throughout all the years, with Moscow as the main consuming region within the country. Russia’s dairy industry is working to develop better milk production standards, and are presently building an immense dairy farm in China. 

5. Germany (31.1 billion kilograms) 

dairy farm in germany

Germany has 4.2 million dairy cows and as such they are at the top of the European Union. Germany is ranked 5th globally for dairy production. 

4. Brazil (34.3 billion kilograms) 

dairy farm in brazil

Brazil was a large importer of dairy in the past, but now they are at the top of the list as a male producer for a number of reasons, including the fact that they enjoy a very close relationship with India. The connection is very strong because they have a large breed of a cattle called “Gir” that are very valuable the nation of India. 

3. China (35.7 billion kilograms) 

chinese dairy farm

China has emerged as the world leader in cow milk production with plans for a 100,000 cow dairy farm to be built in Russia. One of the factors would include China becoming so large and milk production but also the fact that Russia has stopped milk and ports to the European Union. An interesting factoid: China’s proposed dairy farm in Russia is actually going to be three times bigger than any dairy farm at all within the United States. 

2. India (60.6 billion kilograms) 

dairy farm in India

If you base it on just cow’s milk alone, India is second only to the United States. If you base it on both cows, buffaloes, and other mammal species, then India is definitely number 1 within the world. Indeed, India actually accounts for 9.5% of all milk consumed within the world. The economic implications of India being so large do not end there either, because they are also the world’s largest consumer of milk as well. 

1. USA (91.3 billion kilograms) 

american dairy farm

The United States is number two in all types of milk production and number one worldwide and the production of cow’s milk alone. The American states of California, Washington, Idaho, New York, and Pennsylvania are the top dairy producing states of cow’s milk within the country. There are larger dairy farms consisting of 15,000 head of cattle and they are also smaller farms of only 30 head of cattle or less. The United States is a major exporter of milk to countries such as Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Canada and China. 

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