Turkey collects nearly 840,000 tons of milk in March
Dairy production drops year-on-year in March, official figures show
By Gokhan Ergocun
Turkey's cow milk production reached 838,444 tons in March, according to official figures released on Monday.
Data by the Turkish Statistical Institute showed that the amount of cow milk collected by the integrated dairies dropped by 8.6% year-on-year in March.
During the month, drinking milk production also fell 18.5% to nearly 132,000 tons, the official data revealed.
The country produced over 58,000 tons of cheese -- from cow milk -- in March, down 10.2% on an annual basis.
Turkstat added that cheese production from sheep, goat, buffalo and mixed milk had increased by 3,125 tons -- 0.1% -- when compared to the same month of the previous year.
Yoghurt production decreased 1.5% to stand at roughly 99,000 tons and production of ayran -- a drink made of yoghurt -- fell by 2.3% to 62,148 tons year-on-year in March.
The country also produced 11,858 tons of milk powder, some 7,048 tons of butter, and nearly 3,876 tons of cream last year.
TurkStat said that the average fat ratio in cow's milk collected during the month by integrated dairies was 3.5%, while the average rate of protein was 3.1%.
Last year, over 10 million tons of cow milk were collected in Turkey while nearly 1.7 million tons of production of drinking milk was recorded.
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