Which Country Produces the Most Sheep Milk?

Sheep Milk Production (Whole, Fresh) (tonnes), 2017
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 81 countries in 2017, Turkey ranked the highest in fresh sheep milk production with 1,344,779 tonnes followed by China and Greece. On the other end of the scale was Bahrain with 137 tonnes, Kuwait with 310 tonnes and Slovenia with 498 tonnes.

Total fresh sheep milk production reached 10,400,639 tonnes in 2017 in the World according to Faostat. This is 0.666 % more than in the previous year and 9.70 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total fresh sheep milk production reached an all time high of 10,400,639 tonnes in 2017 and an all time low of 5,087,000 tonnes in 1962. The average annual growth amounted to 1.28 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Turkey, accounted for 12.9 % of fresh sheep milk production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 31.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 63.2 % in 2017.

Data for more countries are available at Sheep Milk Production (Whole, Fresh) indicator page.

Sheep Milk Production (Whole, Fresh) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Afghanistan tonnes 212,000 211,000 219,000 202,462 199,701
Algeria tonnes 320,000 336,000 271,551 280,322 282,536
China tonnes 1,529,000 1,207,830 1,212,310 1,223,205 1,151,440
France tonnes 273,089 270,706 260,724 259,677 271,078
Greece tonnes 780,574 777,970 778,899 847,124 846,819
India tonnes 210,172 207,285 204,743 203,155 201,595
Iran tonnes 218,485 243,330 253,000 271,000 380,551
Italy tonnes 417,839 406,177 383,837 372,526 397,509
Mali tonnes 228,399 167,859 278,144 301,685 288,088
Romania tonnes 632,913 650,912 632,582 673,477 670,633
Somalia tonnes 500,000 505,000 505,000 409,882 410,211
Spain tonnes 519,600 552,517 600,568 592,800 560,000
Sudan tonnes ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 394,000 398,000 402,000 407,000
Syria tonnes 705,554 703,008 684,578 685,191 650,005
Turkey tonnes 892,822 1,007,007 1,101,013 1,113,937 1,177,228