Last Updated on January 7, 2021
Cow milk is highly nutritious and rich in proteins, Vitamin B2, B12, calcium, and Vitamin D. Cheese, buttermilk, custard, and other dairy products also provide potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and a variety of vitamins.
Countries around the world produce both small and large farms to raise dairy cattle to produce larger amounts of raw milk and improve the rate of their consumption and exports to other parts of the world.
The dairy industry is the driving force of some economies and different countries are working to improve their dairy technology to become the world’s largest milk producers and exporters.
The largest milk-producing countries are defined by a number of characteristics which include: a large number of head of cattle, functioning milk production facilities, and a large number of cow farms.
The sixth-largest milk-producing country in the world is New Zealand, which currently has about 5 million dairy cows.
New Zealand’s milk production is increasing every year in addition to its milk exports. One of the famous dairy companies in New Zealand is Fonterra which produces milk, butter, cream, cheese, and yogurt brands like Anchor, Anchor Uno, and Mainland.
Some of the brand products are exported to Nigeria, Egypt, Yemen, UAE, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Japan.
With more a wide range of milk production facilities and more than 70,000 dairy farms that are home to 3.6 million dairy cows, the dairy industry is booming in France. It is the driving force for the French economy, employing 250,000 dairy workers, producing 24 million tons of milk, and generating €27 billion every year.
These factors make rank France the largest milk-producing country in Europe, second only to Germany. France mainly exports its locally-manufactured dairy products to Germany and Italy.
Popular dairy brands in France include: Danone , Chèvréchard, Michel et Augustin, and Lactel.