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Israeli dairy cows produce more milk than their counterparts in other countries,
data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday show.
study was published ahead of Wednesday’s Shavuot holiday, in which Jews
traditionally eat dairy foods.
Local cows produced an average of 10,208
kilograms (around 10,000 liters) of dairy in 2009, the data showed,
outperforming cows in the US (9,331 kg. per cow), Japan (7,497), the European
Union (6,139) and Australia (5,601).
A total of 1,304 million liters of
milk was produced by Israeli cows in 2010, a slight increase on the previous
On the consumption side, dairy and honey purchases accounted for
2.2 percent of average Israeli household expenses in 2009. Each month Israeli
households spent NIS 52 on milk, NIS 35 on cheese and dairy delicacies such as
yogurt, NIS 37 on yellow cheese, NIS 53 on white cheese and NIS 6 on
Notably, the price of milk actually dropped by 0.9% in 2010, the
bureau said, even though the consumer price index rose by 2.7% in the same
Dairy consumption was expected to rise in the days
leading up to Shavuot, the Israel Dairy Board said, predicting a 25% increase in
the purchase of dairy products with an emphasis on white cheese
The board, which regulates the dairy industry in Israel, said
white cheese spreads were currently the most popular type of cheese in the
country, with local consumers buying 52,000 tons of the product per year. Fruit
and cream yogurts have also been growing in popularity, it said.
is a power in the field of dairy products. A short visit to any supermarket in
the country reveals a wide variety of wonderful products that make a meaningful
contribution to our daily menu. In addition to the developing dairy industry,
special boutique dairy production plants have arisen, which manufacture
excellent cheeses,” Dairy Board CEO Shayke Drori said.
around the world generally recommend consuming three servings of dairy each day,
the board said, adding that today it is recognized that in addition to
containing calcium, dairy includes other nutritional components such as vitamin
A, vitamin B12, potassium and magnesium.