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DAIRY FACTS

Iowa Ranks

  • 12th in total pounds of milk produced
  • 12th in milk cow numbers
  • 12th in production per cow
  • 9th in fluid milk bottling
  • 8th in total dairy products processed
  • 7th in number of dairy herds
  • 7th in cheese production
  • 6th in cottage cheese production
  • 6th in production of American cheese
  • 4th in ice cream production

Iowa’s Dairy Industry

  • 4.35 BILLION: pounds of milk produced (2011)*
  • 240 million: pounds of cheese produced (2010)*
  • 1,403: number of dairy farms (2014) **
  • 204,000: milk cows in production (2011)*
  • 21,309: average pounds of milk produced per cow (2011)*
  • 201: number of dairy goat farms (2013)**
  • 1 full time job is created for every 10 dairy cows in Iowa (2012, ISU study)
  • 22,000: number of jobs provided by the entire dairy industry- (2012, ISU study)
  • $23,445 total economic impact per cow (2012, ISU study)
  • $4.9 billion: amount contributed annually to the economy from the dairy industry (2012, ISU study)

Des Moines, Iowa, is the #1 large city per capita in the consumption of milk! (University of Illinois Extension, 2005)

* USDA
** IDALS
Updated June 2013

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