Turkey collects over 9.8M tons of cow milk in 2020

In January-December, cow milk production rises 3.5% y-o-y, dairy products exports up

Aysu Bicer   | 11.02.2021
Turkey collects over 9.8M tons of cow milk in 2020


Turkey collected over 9.8 million tons of cow milk in 2020, the country's statistical authority announced on Thursday.

Cow milk production increased by 3.5% year-on-year in the January-December period, TurkStat said in a statement.

During the same period, 1.6 million tons of drinking milk was produced, up 9.8% on an annual basis.

Data also showed that cheese production from cow milk was up 10.2% on an annual basis to 739,800 tons.

Cheese production from sheep, goat, buffalo and mixed milk was 27,400 tons, down 2.6% year-on-year.

Turkey also produced 1.1 million tons of yogurt, 587,800 tons of ayran -- a salty yogurt drink -- 35,600 tons of milk powder, 78,600 tons of butter, and 41,500 tons of cream from January to September.

In December, Turkey collected 787,172 tons of cow milk, up 0.8% on a yearly basis.

Dairy exports total $371M

During 2020, Turkey exported dairy products worth $371 million, down 9.19% on an annual basis, according to the National Milk Council data.

Iraq, Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bangladesh were the top destinations for Turkish dairy products exports in the same period.

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