Turkey, with its wide meadows and grazing lands, great stock-breeding potential, uniquely rich product range, a climate structure that encompasses 4 seasons, and its entrepreneurs’ erudition and producers’ elbow grease, takes firm steps forward to be amongst the world’s leading agriculture and stock-breeding countries.
Turkey, with its milk production of more than 22 million tons, is the 3 largest in Europe and 8th largest milk producer in the world.
Total milk production in Turkey has shown a significant development for the past years. With the exception of the 2015 and 2016 in which there were a slight increase in total milk production (%0,1 and %0,8 respectively), total milk production volume from all species doubled in fifteen-year period and has surged by over 70% for the past decade.
Cow's milk delivery number experienced more than %26 step-up in five years resulting from the increase in milk production and developing processing industry. As 50% of total cow's milk is delivered to processors the rest is marketed via informal market, household consumption, used in feeding etc.
According to the official statistics, fresh milk production in Turkey has increased by 25% for the past five years. Apart from raising consumer awareness, income growth and changes in dietary habits, The School Milk Project that implemented for the past seven years led to increase milk consumption resulting to surge in drinking milk production.
Cheese is a special and unique dairy product for Turkish people, especially for breakfast. According to the oﬃcial statistics, cheese is one of the leading products regarding to both domestic market and foreign trade.
Among all of the dairy products produced in Turkey, yogurt has the second largest production quantity followed by liquid milk. As being a traditional dairy products ayran and yogurt is consumed almost all parts of Turkey.
Dairy products export value has been increasing since 2012 with the exception of 2015 in which the total export value is substantially lower (almost 25%) than the average growth as a result of stabilising world dairy trade, drop in demand on international markets, lower commodity prices, political situations in potential markets etc. Turkey's main exporting dairy products are whey products, cheese and milk powder while butter and cheese are the most importing products. In this respect, Turkey's self-suﬃciency rate is estimated just above 100%.