Turkey Dairy Sector

Turkey Dairy Sector

Large meadows and pastures, great livestock potential, the product range in wealth, 4 seasons with the knowledge and labor climate and operator bringing together Turkey is taking the world’s leading surely becoming one of the countries engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry.

More than 22 million tons of milk production with Turkey third in Europe, is the eighth largest milk producer in the world.


Milk Production

Milk production in Turkey in recent years have shown a significant improvement. With the exception of 2015 and 2016, which saw a slight increase in total milk production (0.1% and 0.8%, respectively), the total volume of milk increase in all types doubled over the last fifteen years and has increased by 70% in the last ten years. .

Cows’ Milk Yield (Million Tons)

It has been observed that the milk yield of cows has increased by 26% as a result of the increase in milk production and the development in the processing industry in the last five years. In addition to sending 50% of the total milk yield of cows for processing, the remainder is for domestic market, household consumption, livestock use etc. It is marketed through.

Drinking Milk Production (x 1000 Ton)

According to official statistics, fresh milk production in Turkey increased by 25% in the last five years. In addition to consumer awareness, growth in income and changes in eating habits, the School Milk Project, which has been in practice for seven years, has increased milk consumption with the increase in drinking milk production.

Cheese, Yogurt and Butter Production (x 1000 Ton)

Cheese is a very special and unique dairy product for the Turkish people especially for breakfast. According to official records, cheese is one of the leading products both in the domestic market and in foreign trade. Dairy products produced in Turkey has the largest amount of production followed by liquid milk yogurt. Yogurt and buttermilk traditional dairy products are consumed in almost every part of Turkey.


Dairy products export value, stabilization in world milk exports, decrease in demand in the international market, low commodity prices, political situations in potential markets, etc. It has been increasing since 2012, except for 2015, where edema decreased significantly (approximately 25%) compared to the average growth. Turkey’s main exports of dairy products, whey, cheese and milk tozuyk that, butter and cheese are the most imported products. In this context, Turkey’s self-sufficiency rate is estimated over 100%.