By Can Erozden
ANKARA (AA) - Last year cow milk yields in Turkey dropped compared to 2016, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said on Tuesday.
Yields fell from 9.2 million tons in 2016 to 9.1 million tons in 2017, it said.
During the year, cheese production from cow’s milk rose 3.8 percent to 662,215 tons, but yogurt production inched down 0.04 percent to 1.1 million tons.
Also releasing figures from December, TurkStat said cow milk yields from that month rose 10 percent year-on-year to 812,046 tons.
TurkStat data also showed that drinking milk production by integrated dairies totaled 158,689 tons in December, up 12.6 percent from December 2016.
Cheese production from cow milk totaled 57,695 tons, up 6.5 percent year-on-year.
Cheese production from sheep, goat, buffalo and mixed milk hit 359 tons, soaring 37.4 percent over December 2016.
Yogurt production rose 3.5 percent year-on-year in December to 93,559 tons.
The next milk and milk products statistics are due for release on March 13.