Pennsylvania is ranked fifth in total milk production nationally, with the commonwealth’s 525,000 cows producing more than 10.9 billion pounds of milk annually. The state’s annual milk production per cow is just over 20,000 pounds – or about 2,387 gallons – per cow. The state has the second largest number of dairy farms nationally, having more dairy farms than every other state except Wisconsin. 99 Percent of Pennsylvania’s dairy farms are family-owned, with many of them having multiple generations.
Our local communities are stronger because of the many contributions dairy farms provide. Statewide dairy production and associated businesses contribute more than $7 billion annually to Pennsylvania’s economy. Those businesses create more than 60,000 jobs and spend about 85 percent of their income locally. To learn more about dairy farms, click here.