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Dairy Facts

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Did You Know?

  • Michigan's dairy industry is a leading segment of Michigan agriculture, contributing $14.7 billion to the state's economy annually.

  • These dollars employ local veterinarians, equipment dealers, and our employees...all providing jobs for Michigan. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy.

  • Dairy represented 20% of cash receipts statewide in 2013, including dairy farming, dairy processing and the dairy wholesale/retail sector.

  • Michigan has over 415,000 dairy cows, representing approximately 1,900 dairy herds.

  • 97% of Michigan dairy farms are family owned, many by multiple generations of the same family.

  • The average dairy herd in Michigan has 176 cows. Just like businesses grow to support more families, herd sizes increase to allow the next generation to continue farming.

  • Michigan ranks 6th in milk production in the U.S. In 2014, dairy cows in Michigan produced approximately 9.6 billion pounds of milk.

  • The average Michigan cow produces approximately 24,600 pounds of milk each year. That's 2,860 gallons of milk!

  • Michigan milk is local! Michigan's 1,900 Dairy farms produce more than enough milk to supply the entire state. Surplus milk is exported to help meet demand in other states.

  • In supermarkets and local farmers markets, you can find milk, cheese and yogurt produced by Michigan dairy farmers. When you buy Michigan dairy products, you not only "buy local" and support area buy quality.

  • To check where your milk is bottled look for the code. Every container of milk is identified by a 5-digit code. The code includes a 2-digit state code followed by a 3-digit processing plant code. Michigan's code is 26.

  • Only 1.7 percent of the U.S. population produces food for the other 98 percent plus millions worldwide.