from the July 2011 issue

Israeli dairy cows outperform cows in EU, US

Data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics show that Israeli dairy cows produce more milk than their counterparts in other countries.

The study said local cows produced an average of 10,208 kilograms (nearly 2,642 gallons, around 10,000 liters) of dairy in 2009, outperforming cows in the US (9,331 kg. per cow, 2,465 gallons), Japan (7,497), the European Union (6,139 , 1,622 gallons) and Australia (5,601).

A total of 1,304 million liters of milk (344,480 gallons of milk) was produced by Israeli cows in 2010, a slight increase on the previous year. A cow from Kibbutz Karmia near Gaza was named the best milk producer for the second year in a row, giving more than 20,000 liters of milk, or about 5,283 gallons, in one year.There are some 125,000 dairy cows in Israel, and the average Israeli consumes about the equivalent of 45 gallons of dairy products a year.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report July 2011

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