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June is Dairy Month

June is Dairy Month. Here are 10 things to know about the dairy industry.

Dave Schwartz, who farms near Slayton, Minn., is just breaking even on the milk his dairy cows produce at his southwest Minnesota farm. A federal safety net that’s supposed to assist producers through down economic times hasn’t helped much either.
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  1. There are about 42,000 dairy farms in the United States, including 7,400 in the Midwest.
  2. About 97 percent of U.S. dairy farms are family owned and operated.
  3. There are approximately 9.31 million dairy cows in the United States. The average herd size is 187 cows.
  4. The value of all milk products sold from U.S. dairy farms is more than $35.91 billion.
  5. In Minnesota, there are 3,470 licensed dairy herds.
  6. Minnesota is the seventh-largest milk-producing state.
  7. Minnesota dairy farms produced approximately 1,100 million gallons of milk in 2015.
  8. Minnesota farms generate approximately$1.66 billion in milk sales annually.
  9. In Minnesota, the average dairy cow produces about 6.6 gallons of milk per day. That’s more than 2,392 gallons in a typical year.
  10. It takes about 48 hours for milk to travel from the farm to the dairy case.

Diary cows (multiple)
Diary cows (multiple)

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