♥ America’s dairy industry is more than milk. It’s jobs and economic activity for the people of our country. It’s also a way of life for more than 51,000 farm families. ♥ Farms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. One common thread between them is that they are all important contributors to local communities and to the nation’s overall economy. Without dairy farmers, local tax bases would look very different and that would affect schools, local businesses and the food supply -- it would also affect the natural landscape and wide open spaces that farmers help provide.
♥ There are dairy farms in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. ♥ Dairy is the number one agricultural business in California, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, New Hampshire, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin.
♥ California is responsible for 21.3% of the U.S. milk supply – more than any other state. ♥ Rural America and the agricultural economy in general is greatly impacted by a strong dairy business. When a dairy farm spends money locally, it creates a multiplier effect. The U.S. dairy industry is estimated at $140 billion in economic output, $29 billion in household earnings, and more than 900,000 jobs (based on economic analysis of direct and indirect economic impact of U.S. dairy from farm through processing).
♥ U.S. dairy farms produce roughly 23 billion gallons of milk annually. ♥ A cow will produce an average of nearly 7 gallons of milk each day. That’s more than 2,500 gallons each year.
♥ More than 51,000 U.S. dairy farms provide milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products to the U.S. and other countries. About 97% of all U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated. ♥ The average herd size on a dairy farm is 115 mature cows. ♥ The majority (74%) of U.S. dairy farms have less than 100 cows. ♥ Farms with more than 100 cows produce 85% of the milk.