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Ag Census shows nearly 40% drop in dairy farm numbers

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A dairy analyst says the latest Census of Agriculture highlights how high milk production costs are causing more consolidation in the dairy industry.

Lucas Fuess with RaboResearch tells Brownfield the U.S. has lost nearly 40 percent of its dairy farms since 2017.

“Even though we’ve lost close to 15,000 dairy farms in five years, the amount of milk that we’re producing in this country has actually gone up from a similar number of cows,”

Analysis by the University of Illinois finds there were fewer dairy farms of all sizes in 2022, except for those milking 2,500 cows or more.

Ag Census shows nearly 40% drop in dairy farm numbers