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Five Modern Dairy Industry Benefits to Acknowledge and Celebrate

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Dairy plays a vital part in the diets of millions of Americans. The average person in the United States consumes approximately 276 pounds of dairy in a year. However, despite its undeniable impact on society, dairy is often misunderstood by a significant percentage of the population.

What is (or at least should be) known, though, is dairy is among the most essential industries in agriculture today. From the technological innovations that help with the actual milking of the cow, such as robotic milkers, to the economic impact of the dairy industry, all the way to the efforts being undertaken by the industry to be more environmentally sustainable, it’s important to recognize – and celebrate – the benefits of dairy.

Benefit No. 1 – Today, the U.S. dairy industry produces more milk than in 1944 with 16 million fewer cows.

The U.S. is one of the largest producers of dairy and dairy-related products in the world. American dairy farmers produced more than 226.6 billion pounds of milk. For comparison’s sake, almost 80 years ago, the U.S. produced 116 billion pounds of milk. That is an increase of over 107 billion pounds, all while milking 16.2 million fewer cows.

Austin Gellings, Director of Agricultural Services Association of Equipment Manufacturers

June 19, 2023



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