The 5 World’s Most Popular Milk

The 5 World’s Most Popular Milk

According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, there is 5 worlds most popular milk. Basically, milk is a white, nutritious liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. In our daily life, because of the advancement of technology, animal milk is also processed into various products such as butter, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, sweetened condensed milk, milk powder, and others for human consumption. So, basically, consumers have multiple choices about the different milk products.

The 5 World’s Most Popular Milk- Description

Milk is certainly needed by humans to help meet nutritional needs to improve the quality of life. Nutritionally, milk is a highly nutritious food ingredient because fresh milk contains a variety of complete and balanced food substances such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. So, basically, most of the human ever consume the milk because of nutritional content and it’s good the body and support our lives.

In general, there are several types of milk that are most popular in the world based on the mammals, ranging from cow, camel, buffalo, and sheep. these animals are bred and reared with appropriate management to produce quality milk that human wants. With the production of quality milk, it is certainly able to support human development efforts in the future. Statistically, here are some of the most popular types of milk in the world based on the mammals that produce them. This data was obtained from the FAO Statistical Database (FAOStats) in 2021.

Table Rank of 5 World’s Most Popular Milk

Rank Source of MilkProduction of Milk in 2021
1Cow Milk 746 Million
2Buffalo Milk137 Million
3Goat Milk20.7 Million
4Sheep Milk 10.5 Million
5Camel Milk3.1 Million
Source : FAO Statistical Database, 2023

Brief Description of 5 World’s Most Popular Milk

The 5 World’s Most Popular Milk - Brief-Description

1.Cow Milk        

Cow milk is still the most popular milk in from time to time. Many people love it.  In 2021, based on data from FAO, milk production from cow reached 746 million tons. In general, there are several species of cattle such as Holstein Friesians which are the main source of milk production. These Holsten cattle come from European countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and their populations have spread all over the world. In addition to the Holsten species, there are several other types of cows for milk production, namely Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn.

5 most consumed Animal Milk- Cow / Cattle

Based on statistical production, there are several countries that produce the highest cow’s milk in the world. These countries include the India with production reaching 108 million tons, followed by USA with the production of 102 million tons, China 36 million tons, Brazil 36 million tons, Germany 32 million tons, Russian Federation 32 million tons, France 24 million tons, Pakistan 22 million tons, New Zealand 21.8 million tons, and Turkey with 21.3 million tons.

2. Buffalo Milk

5 most consumed Animal Milk- Buffalo

Buffalo is ranked 2nd as the animal that is milked the most. Its production in 2021 reached 137 million tons. Statistically, based on FAO data in 2022, there are several countries that produce the highest buffalo milk, namely India with production reaching 94 million tons, followed by Pakistan with the production of 36 million tons, China 29 million tons, Egypt 15 million tons, Nepal 14 million tons, Italy 257 thousand tons, Myanmar 176 million tons, Iran 128 million tons, Indonesia 91 million tons, and Srilanka 87 million tons. In the world, there are some species of Buffalo as dairy production. These species are Murrah, Nili-Ravi, Kundi, Surti, Jaffarabadi, Bhadawari, and Mehsana.

3. Goat Milk

5 most consumed Animal Milk- goat

Goat is the 3rd most important animal as dairy animal.  Overall, the production of goat milk reaches 20.7 million tons. Based on the FAO statistical database, there are some countries with the biggest production of Goat Milk. These countries are India with a production of 6 million tons, followed by Bangladesh 2.6 million tons, Sudan 1.1 million tons, Pakistan 991 thousand tons, France 709 thousand tons, Turkey 622 thousand tons, Spain 519 thousand tons, South Sudan 471 thousand tons, Netherlands 387 thousand tons, and Somalia 379 thousand tons. According to the genetic species, there are some species of goat that are commonly used for daily milk production. These are Alphine, LaMancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg.

4. Sheep Milk

5 most consumed Animal Milk- sheep

Sheep is the next most popular dairy animal. In 2021, the dairy products from the sheep around 10.5 million. Statistically, there are some regions/countries with the biggest production of sheep milk. These countries are China with the production of milk reach 1.2 million tons, followed by Turkiye with 1.1 million Tons, Greece 951 thousand tons, Syrian Arab Republic 703 thousand tons, Spain 560 thousand tons, Italy 477 thousand tons, Romania 419 thousand tons, Sudan 412 thousand tons, Somalia 391 thousand tons. Some popular species of dairy sheep are East Friesian, Lacunae, British Milk Sheep, Chios, Awassi, Assaf, Zwartbles.

5. Camel Milk

5 most consumed Animal Milk- Camel

Camel is the last one with the production of milk reach 3.1 million tons all over the world. Statistically, there are some countries with the biggest production of camel milk. These countries are Kenya 1.1 million tons, Somalia 979 thousand tons, Mali 281 thousand tons, Ethiopia 235 thousand tons, Saudi Arabia 135 thousand tons, Niger 110 thousand tons, the United Arab Emirates 78 thousand tons, Sudan 62 thousand tons, Chad 33 thousand tons, and Mauritania 26 thousand tons.  Camel is the source of milk in the arid region because some dairy cows cannot survive in the hot and arid region. Statistically, many African regions that have dry regions rely on camels as a source of milk.  Some popular species of camel, namely dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) and Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus) are some polar camels that can produce milk.

Bibliography of the 5 World’s Most Popular Milk

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