A little goat milk product information for you . . . Since we are in the goat milk product business, we have a tendency to read an occasional article about the goat milk industry. One such article was recently published listing the Top Ten Goat Milk Producing Nations in the world, so we thought we would share it with you:
- India 5,000,000 metric tons of goat milk annually
- Bangladesh 2,616,000 metric tons
- Sudan 1,532,000 metric tons
- Pakistan 801,000 metric tons
- Mali 720,000 metric tons
- France 580,694 metric tons
- Spain 471,999 metric tons
- Turkey 415,743 metric tons
- Somalia 400,000 metric tons
- Greece 340,000 metric tons
Put another way, about 4.5 billion of the current 7 billion people who live on this planet drink goat milk rather than cow milk, and use goat milk products rather than cow milk products.
And then there is the United States!
It might surprise you to know that the United States is the Number One producer of milk products in the world, and a vast majority of those products are cow-milk based.
So, looked at one way, the U.S. is far behind the world trend towards goat milk, but looked at another way the U.S. is a trend-setter with regards to dairy products.
So who is right, the 4.5 billion goat milk product producers and consumers, or the United States with its antiquated insistence on cattle production?
It’s an interesting question, and like so many things the answer to it comes down to economics and profit. Cow milk production is more profitable than goat milk production. That is a simple fact, and that simple fact continues to spur on the production of cow milk products in the U.S. despite the fact that goat milk products are healthier for consumers.
Despite that fact, the horizon looks bright for the goat milk industry. Goat milk products are increasing in the United States. Cheese leads the way, of course, but other products like Goat Milk Whey, Goat Milk Ghee, Goat milk cream soaps, creams, infant formula, and probiotics are helping the goat milk industry to carve out a solid foothold in the United States.
These top ten goat milk producing nations in the world are all very interesting . . . but all we know at Mt. Capra is we love our goats.
Ninety years of Mt. Capra . . . wellness shaped by goat’s milk!
ABOUT MT. CAPRA
Mt. Capra is a small, family-run farm in the Pacific Northwest which, for nearly a century, has been producing premium whole foods and nutritional products from goat milk. Our grass-fed goats graze on pesticide-free and chemical-free forage 365 days a year. No hormones or antibiotics are used to increase production.
2 thoughts on “Top Ten Goat Milk Producing Nations in the World”
I read your articles on goat milk which I am a fan of but cannot find any local dealers or farmers from which I could buy from. So the next best thing I do is buy the LaClare Raw Cheddar goat milk cheese. Our local natural food store carries this product.
You write about the family run farm in the Pacific Northwest (I lived in Washington state from1958 to 1967), adding that your goats are grass fed. I read in another article from another goat cheese farm raiser, that goats do not graze so they are not grass fed. Goats eat shrubs and other vegetations at shrub level. In other words, goats do not bring their heads down to the ground, as this is not their custom. Please clear any misconception on what goats eat.
Hi Carmen, goats are grazers (they will eat the bark off trees if you let them), but they do also eat a lot of grass. We have a lot of land on our farm where we rotate the goats from paddock to paddock. That allows the grass to rest in between grazing and grow up quite a bit to be more at head level at times. We also supplement their diet with hydroponic barley grass that we grow, hay, alfalfa, and they do get a handful of grains at milking to entice them into the parlor. You can view our goats eating on our pastures here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5HjBCBSfZo as well as a video on the goats loving their organic barley fodder here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lie0JamHmE
You can watch this video to hear more about our grazing management and pasture rotation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-lIAH8BOLE