Food - Drink
Most Of The World's Dairy Comes From This Country
By EMILY BOYETTE
Milk is the foundation of all dairy products, including butter, cream, yogurt, cheese, and more. American dairy farms are home to an incredible number of cows, and many citizens grew up with the famous "Got Milk?" ads encouraging them to drink plenty of milk, so you may assume that the U.S. is the leading producer of dairy, but it's actually in second place.
India actually produces more milk than any other country, accounting for 22% of the total global supply. Indian dairy production took off in 1946 with Sri Vallabhai Patel's establishment of the Anand Milk Union Limited (AMUL), a milk collection and distribution system that directly benefited dairy farmers, and would later evolve to grow the dairy industry worldwide.
Today, India edges out the United States in overall milk production because the country utilizes milk from both buffalo and cows, but the U.S. is actually the number one producer of cow's milk. Large U.S. dairy farms can house over 15,000 cows each, but over 130,000 villages in India contribute to its milk output, producing a whopping 154 million tons of milk in 2016.