Countries by Milk Production

Try to guess the the top 20 milk-producing countries in this udderly amazing quiz!
Source: FAO. 2018 data.
Cow milk only
Quiz by slimpasty
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Last updated: October 27, 2021
First submittedJanuary 25, 2017
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Metric Tons
Country
16.3 mil
United States
15.2 mil
Germany
10.0 mil
France
8.60 mil
New Zealand
7.33 mil
Russia
5.19 mil
Turkey
4.71 mil
Ireland
Metric Tons
Country
4.34 mil
Iran
4.08 mil
Poland
3.47 mil
India
3.27 mil
United Kingdom
3.20 mil
Netherlands
3.17 mil
Canada
2.93 mil
Belgium
Metric Tons
Country
2.65 mil
Italy
2.49 mil
Belarus
2.39 mil
Brazil
2.29 mil
Australia
2.18 mil
Spain
2.11 mil
Ukraine
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Level 75
Jan 25, 2017
New Zealand? Really? This is more than 4 tons of milk per capita. I wonder what they do with so much milk....
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Level 71
Oct 27, 2021
The nation is the largest exporter of whole milk powder (WMP), with around 95 percent of the milk produced in New Zealand processed to be exported. Other important export products include butter, cheese, infant formula, and skim milk powder.

Thank you Google :)

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Level 55
Oct 28, 2021
i literally drink more than half a ton of milk a year, then its milk in food i eat. Possibly 750 kg of milk i digest a year. Norwegian here
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Level 70
Oct 29, 2021
Wtf you drink 1,5 l per day? Wow

A good stomach you have

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Level 70
Jan 11, 2022
If I tried this, my trousers would be brown all the time.
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2021
4 tons per capita would be nearly 20M tons, as their population is ~5M. Per capita number is closer to 1.68 tons. Still a LOT!
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Level 86
Oct 28, 2021
USA produces 16m+ tons with 330M population, so it's incredible to think that NZ produces over 50% of that with only a 5M population.
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2021
Interesting.. Was tough to get 100% first time though. There wasn't really a pattern to follow so was just guessing big countries in the end.
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Level 61
Jan 12, 2022
There was a bit of a pattern. Big countries that are on all of these kind of quizzes, Europe, and the Anglosphere. A bit tough to figure it out at first, but was definitely easier at the end.
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2022
Also, all of East Asia missing which is rare for an economic question, likely due to the high prevalence of lactose intolerance of those countries
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2021
Wow, New Zealand, Ireland and Belarus!
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Level 83
Oct 28, 2021
European or European-descended cultures use milk and dairy products like cheese and yogurt much more extensively than African, Asian, or indigenous American cultures. In many Asian cultures putting cheese on everything seems disgusting. That's one reason why places like Ireland beat out other places like China, Indonesia, or Nigeria.
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Level 75
Nov 24, 2021
If only Mongolia had the modern production lines, they'd beat us all. Their origin legend, after all, states that they are "people/children of the cow" (hence the cow shoulders in traditional women's dressing and the hairstyle resembling cow horns).
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Level 38
Jan 11, 2022
stop being everywhere on this website
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Level 85
Oct 28, 2021
Skipped over the low countries. Knew they produced a fair amount of milk, but didn't think they'd have enough land area to make the cut.
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Level 44
Jan 11, 2022
Those Caucasians sure do love their milk
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Level 86
Jan 11, 2022
You are what you drink, I suppose.
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Level 68
Jan 11, 2022
I don't see Georgia, Armenia or Azerbaijan anywhere on this quiz.
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Level 68
Jan 11, 2022
This map goes a long way in explaining these trends. Lactase, the enzyme used to digest lactose, is ubiquitous in European populations but very rare in East Asian and certain African populations. The Middle East and India (as well as the Caucasus) are somewhere between those extremes. As a result, Europe dominates this list, but a few of the more populous countries of South and West Asia also show up.
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Level 72
Jan 11, 2022
I wonder whether measurement is missed for some of the countries of East Africa - and whether they'd be on the list if that's the case.
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Level 58
Jan 11, 2022
Just missed Poland
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Level 56
Jan 12, 2022
Why is this cow milk only?
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Level 34
Jan 12, 2022
Just missed India and Italy ;-;
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Level 39
Jan 13, 2022
Surprised to see Australia so low down in this list.
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Level 19
Jan 13, 2022
I am dissapointed in the Netherlands, I thought it would be way higher. Cows are everywhere and dairy is on the menu daily.