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Production of Butter (Cows' Milk) (tonnes), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 114 countries in 2014, USA ranked the highest in production of butter (cows' milk with 841,565 tonnes followed by New Zealand and Germany. On the other end of the scale was Togo with 15.0 tonnes, Tajikistan with 23.0 tonnes and Suriname with 30.0 tonnes.

Total production of butter (cows' milk reached 5,107,261 tonnes in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.4 % less than in the previous year and 6.22 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total production of butter (cows' milk reached an all time high of 6,693,064 tonnes in 1986 and an all time low of 4,607,738 tonnes in 1998. The average annual growth amounted to 0.166 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 16.5 % of production of butter (cows' milk in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 34.4 % share while the ten largest countries some 63.4 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Production of Butter (Cows' Milk) indicator page.

Production of Butter (Cows' Milk) Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australia tonnes 127,618 148,495 128,379 122,486 119,715
Belarus tonnes 98,025 116,067 98,562 104,310 112,859
Brazil tonnes 88,500 88,300 92,100 92,600 93,300
France tonnes 441,000 419,900 396,300 384,900 388,900
Germany tonnes 464,501 409,596 403,887 424,846 447,509
Iran tonnes 174,683 175,653 161,468 156,854 153,171
Ireland tonnes 123,800 120,300 135,100 145,900 145,000
Netherlands tonnes 124,312 117,180 133,419 128,988 133,286
New Zealand tonnes 418,500 413,000 392,000 459,000 344,150
Poland tonnes 196,900 175,800 174,000 168,565 171,637
Russia tonnes 271,804 232,868 208,000 220,000 215,700
Turkey tonnes 123,800 127,400 137,300 151,827 175,747
USA tonnes 745,613 713,269 709,406 820,890 843,473
Ukraine tonnes 84,800 74,740 79,541 76,683 88,600
United Kingdom tonnes 111,000 118,000 120,000 130,000 145,000