Holy cow: Israeli cows yield more milk than their competitors

Editorial

Haaretz

Sivan 4, 5765

Israeli cows' milk production is among the highest in the world, Army Radio reported Friday.

The radio was quoting figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics to coincide with the forthcoming Shavuot holiday, traditionally seen in Israel as the "dairy holiday."

Milk yield of Israeli cows surpasses not just their famous Dutch competitors, the CBS data says, but also those of Spain, Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand.

According to the report, the average Israeli milk-producing cow yields about 10,000 liters of milk a year. In 2004 it was estimated that the gross out-put of milk in Israel was 1.208 billion liters, up about 2.4 percent from the previous year.

The average Israeli consumes about 166.6 liters of milk a year, less than his Greek or American equivalents, but more than his Spanish, Lebanese or Egyptians counterparts, Army Radio said.

The average Israeli family spends about NIS 223 a month on dairy products (2.2 percent of an average family's gross monthly expenditure), the CBS said.

The average Israeli household spends about NIS 46 per month on pasteurized milk, NIS 67 on cheeses and NIS 28 on other dairy products.