Dairy Sector

The Dairy Sector in Uruguay

Cattle fields, water resources and tradition make Uruguay worldwide recognized for the quality of its dairy products. This prestige is exported to more than 60 countries.

The importance of this sector is reflected in the following information:

  • There are 3,200 producers selling their milk to the industries.
  • 2,300 million liters of milk are produced yearly.
  • The per capita milk consumption is 250 liters per year.
  • Uruguay exports its dairy products to more than 60 countries around the world, including: USA, China, Russia, Singapore, Brazil, Cuba, Algeria, Mexico, Vietnam, Morocco, Philippines, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Taiwan, etc.

90% of Uruguay’s milk produced for the industry contains less than 50,000 colony-forming units (CFU), while the international standard is less than 100,000.


82% of Uruguayan milk produced for the industry complies with the international standard of less than 400,000 somatic cells.


70% of the produced milk is exported.

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