If you are still skeptical dairy exports don’t play a role in your milk check, take a gander at these 10 charts prepared by the U.S. Dairy Export Council.
• The value of U.S. dairy exports now exceed $7 billion.
• Last year, more than one in seven tanker loads of milk were sold to export markets.
• Dairy exports now require the production of more than 1.4 million U.S. cows.
• Dairy exports to Korea have nearly doubled in the last five years.
• Over the last decades, dairy export growth has averaged 17% per year.
• Mexico is our number 1 customer, buying almost a fourth of U.S. dairy exports.
• U.S. Dairy exports to Mexico, Southeast Asia, Middle East/North Africa, China and Canada have all increased significantly since 2007.
• Dairy products had the highest percentage increase in value (338%) among U.S. agricultural products exported to Southeast Asia between fiscal year 2009 and 2014.
• The United States is now the single largest exporter of cheese in the world.
• The United States is also the single largest exports of skim milk powder in the world.