Dairying in India is exemplary of smallholder dairy- ing as practiced in much of Asia and Africa—with some wrinkles. Like smallholder dairying in general, the Indian milk production sector is characterized by a very large number of very small herds. Milk from small herds is collected immediately after each milk- ing at centralized cooling facilities to maintain a cold chain. Also typical of smallholder dairying, a major- ity of the milk produced (more than 80 percent) is dis- tributed as drinking milk or home-based manufactured products through an informal marketing system.

Production of milk from buffalo exceeds cow milk production. Buffalo yield less milk than crossbred cows, but are well-adapted to the extreme heat and humidity of India. Moreover, many Indians prefer buffalo milk over cow milk because of its higher butterfat content.

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