Twelve counties produce 25 percent of U.S. milk

Just how much has our industry consolidated? It took only 12 counties to produce 25 percent of our nation’s milk last December. By casting a slightly wider net, 56 counties were responsible for producing half of the U.S. milk needs, according to research conducted by the Central Federal Milk Marketing Order administrators. An expanded list of 180 counties produced 75 percent of the nation’s milk. There is one caveat to this data. It is based on statistics from Federal Milk Marketing Orders and California’s State Milk Marketing Order. That means much of the milk production from the nation’s third-largest dairy state based on milk production — Idaho— is not included in this survey. <more>

Aug. 3, 2015 Hoard’s Dairyman