World Milk Production

Published 24 February 14

Final FAO data shows:

  • World cow's milk production in 2012 stood at 620 million tonnes.
  • The USA was the largest cow's milk producer in the world in 2012 accounting for 14.6% of world production.
  • The UK was the 10th largest producer of cow's milk in the world in 2012 accounting for 2.2% of world production.

World cow's milk production in 2012 stood at 620 million tonnes, with the top ten producing countries accounting for 56.6% of production. The USA is the largest cow's milk producer in the world accounting for 14.6% of world production, producing nearly 91 million tonnes in 2012, an increase of 2.1% when compared to 2011.

India is the second largest cow's milk producer, accounting for 8.7% of world production and producing 54 million tonnes in 2012. The UK is the 10th largest producer in the world producing nearly 14 million tonnes in 2012 and accounting for 2.2% of world cow's milk production.

Of the top ten largest milk producing countries, New Zealand and Turkey have shown the largest percentage growth from 2011 to 2012 at 12.1% and 15.8%, respectively.

World's Top 10 Cow's Milk Producing Countries in 2012 (Tonnes)
  2010 2011 2012
United States of America 87,474,381 89,015,235 90,865,000
India 54,903,000 53,500,000 54,000,000
China 36,036,043 36,928,896 37,767,991
Brazil 30,715,460 32,096,214 32,304,421
Russian Federation 31,585,230 31,385,732 31,576,047
Germany 29,616,284 30,323,465 30,506,929
France 23,331,837 24,361,095 23,983,197
New Zealand 17,010,456 17,893,848 20,053,000
Turkey 12,418,544 13,802,428 15,977,837
United Kingdom 14,071,000 13,849,000 13,884,000
World 597,071,398 607,391,767 620,361,802

For cow's milk production in other countries click here.

World Milk Production  

Source: FAO