Land of milk….

Not for nothing is Israel known as the land of milk. Israel produces the highest level of milk and fat content per cow of any country in the world. That’s because the approach that Israel has taken to milk production is a highly technological one. Israel has developed a fully computerized system that numbers each cow, calculates the volume of milk being produced in real time, and also calculates the amount of milk solids that are really the important components of milk. This is apart from the selection of high yield cows. These developments have been pioneered at kibbutz Afikim near the Sea of Galilee.

So advanced and pioneeering is the Israeli model that both Vietnam and China have signed billion dollar contracts with Israeli firms. Forget the “conflict,” this is what Israel is known for in the far east. The name of Israel is associated with an ad of a Vietnamese girl drinking milk and smiling that is distributed throughout the country. Until now Vietnamese drink about one tenth the amount of milk as Israelis, and most of it is made from reconstituted milk powder. Now Israel will receive b$0.5 to build a chain of 12 computerized dairies and import hundreds of cows that will drastically increase the yield of milk in that country, and with the training of ca. 1,000 farmers Vietnam will ultimately be sulf-sufficient in milk production (see

A similar process is underway between Israel and China in relation to improving milk production (see: . The Afikim model includes not only computerized milk production, but also herd management and cattle rearing to optimize yields. Israeli experts are on the ground in China, where the needs are far greater than in Vietnam and the rewards are concomitantly greater. The Asian diet and health will be drastically affected when the impact of the Israeli model for milk production will be felt in the culture of the Asian nations.

PS. They are also working on the honey.

About the Author
Jack Cohen was born in London and has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University. He moved to the US and worked at the National Cancer Inst. and then Georgetown Medical School. In 1996, he Moved to Israel and became Chief Scientist of the Sheba Medical Center. He retired in 2001 and worked as a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University Medical School for 5 years.