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Israeli Dairy Industry Facts and Figures

Israeli Dairy Industry – facts and figures

Despite unfavorable conditions, including heat, humidity, and limited resources, average milk production per cow in the Israeli dairy industry has increased dramatically since the 1950s, soaring from 4,000 kg annually to more than 12,000 kg in 2023.

Israel’s dairy industry is considered one of the most advanced in the world.  Now, the total milk production in Israel is about 1.6 Billion Liters/year.

Advanced technologies, including computerized milking and feeding systems, cow-cooling systems, and milk processing equipment, combined with unique farm management techniques, have led Israel’s dairy industry to become the global leader in efficiency, production, and sustainability.

Israeli milk production

Today, the Israeli dairy industry produces the highest milk yield per cow and acts as a model of achievement for dairy farmers worldwide.

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Israeli Dairy Industry Figures

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Israeli Dairy industry structure

Approximately 115,000 cattle make up the Israeli dairy herd. Currently, there are two farming systems: The Kibbutz, which is a large collective farm unit, and the Moshav, which are family herds organized as a cooperative society.

All dairy production is overseen by the Israeli Dairy Board, owned and operated by the Government of Israel, the major processing companies, and the dairy farmers. Under the IDB, dairy farmers are subject to monthly quotas to divide the annual volume of milk production.

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Kibbutz dairy (cooperative) production figures:

  • Average milk production per cow: 12, 025 Kg/year (26500 pounds/year)
  • Average fat content: 3.59%, 435 Kg
  • Average protein content: 3.17%, 384 Kg
  • The highest average yearly milk yield per cow in an Israeli cooperative dairy farm (Ein HaShlosha) Kg 14463 (31,885 pounds)
  • A total of 164 Kibbutz dairy farms
  • Production of 1.6 Billion Liters/year (3.53 pounds/year)

* Israeli Dairy Board data

Moshav (privet farms) dairy production figures:

  • Average milk production per cow: 12, 025 Kg, about
  • Average fat content: 3.86%, 458 Kg cow/year
  • Average protein content: 3.42%, 402 KG cow/year
  • The highest average yearly milk yield per cow in an Israeli Moshav dairy farm: Kg 13,564 (29,904 pounds)
  • Total Moshav dairy farms: 420 farms

* Israeli Dairy Board data

Israeli Dairy Industry

Dairy herd nutrition and dairy farm technology

Because of unfavorable conditions, Israeli dairy cows do not graze. Instead, the herd diet is based on scientific, online feed analysis and calculated feed rations for the highest nutritional value, production rates, and economic efficiency.

Equally as advanced, domestically developed technologies are implemented in every aspect of Israeli dairy farming, resulting in a fully automated, calculated system that guarantees strict quality control.

The use of Technology in Israeli dairy farming

Israel is at the forefront of integrating technology into dairy farming. Many farms have adopted automated milking systems, enhancing efficiency. Advanced nutrition monitoring tools are also in use, ensuring optimal herd health. These technological advancements contribute to increased milk production and better herd management. Overall, Israel’s commitment to innovation in dairy farming is a benchmark for the global industry. For those looking to understand the blend of technology and dairy, Israel provides an excellent example.

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