1,225 Dairy Farmers Call It Quits in 2015


The United States Department of Agriculture also reported this afternoon that licensed dairy farm numbers declined by 1,225 farms, a drop of 2.7%. The total number of licensed dairy farms now stands at 43,584.

With an estimated 9.317 million cows on farms, that suggests the average U.S. dairy farm now houses about 215 cows.

Farms Getting Bigger, Fewer


Wisconsin dipped below 10,000 farms this past year to 9,900. That’s a drop of 390 farms. Nevertheless, the number of dairy cows in the Badger State is actually up in January, to 1.28 million head.

California herd numbers also dipped, but by only 20 herds, to 1,465, for a loss of just 1.3%.

To see how many dairy farms are in your state and to read the full report, click here, then scroll to page 18.


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Brooklyn, IA
2/20/2016 07:28 PM

  Interesting and useful.

Old S.W. MN. Farmer
Worthington, MN
3/2/2016 12:53 PM

  Eric--Brooklyn Ia. You are being sarcastic---Right????? Jim Dickrell--you look like an honest man to me with only good intent!

sherburne, NY
2/20/2016 05:40 PM

  +1 Rick, and I would just like to add that a local auctioneer has more than 20 to sell this spring.


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