Dairy in the Midwest
Dairy Is a Vital Part of Our Communities
Dairy Farming is more than a job. It’s also a way of life for the men and woman who live and work on America’s 49,000 dairy farms. And, dairy is essential to the health of communities across the country because it contributes jobs, income and economic vitality. Here’s a quick look at dairy farming facts and figures:
- Dairy farms support rural communities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
- There are about 49,000 dairy farms in the United States. About 97% of U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated.
- There are approximately 9.23 million dairy cows in the U.S. The average herd size on a dairy farm is 187 cows.
- The value of all milk products sold from U.S. farms is about $37,187,826,000.
- Where milk goes, jobs follow. From farm to processor to distribution and retail, dairy creates jobs that support the economic well-being of rural America.
- Dairy farms sustain rural America. Even under the nation’s current economic challenges, dairy farmers and companies are a lifeline to 900,000 jobs in the United States.
Click a state to see the dairy production statistics in that area.
Note: These statistics were compiled from the following sources:
State Departments of Agriculture
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services
Dairy industry sources, including the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Management, Inc.