Here’s something to raise your glass of milk to… New York is once again the third in national milk production, according to data released by the USDA.  New York has historically ranked third, but recently slipped into fourth place with the expansion of Idaho’s dairy industry.  But not for long!  New York dairy farmers and their four-legged (and four-teated friends) regained their standing third place finish, outproducing our spud-growing rivals by 57 million pounds.

According to Governor CuomoNew York’s growth is due to increased demand for milk, thanks in large part to the state’s booming yogurt industry, coupled with higher milk production per cow which increased by 10.2% from 2009 to 2013. 

“New York State has recaptured its spot as one of the top three milk producers in the country, proving that our efforts to create new economic opportunities for the dairy industry are working,” Governor Cuomo said. “Milk production is fueling thousands of jobs across Upstate New York, revitalizing communities and providing a variety of nutritious products for millions of consumers across the country. This year, we will continue working together to grow our thriving agricultural sector, and I congratulate New York’s dairy industry on this achievement.”

The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition says congratulations to all of New York’s dairy farmers for not only producing 13.5 billion pounds of milk, but producing a nutrient rich, safe and wholesome product for our families’ nourishment and enjoyment!  

A cow today is 10 times more productive than a cow in the past.  In 1944, there were 25.6 million cows in the United States, while today there are only 9.3 million cows in the U.S. that produce 59% more milk than in 1944.

A cow today is 10 times more productive than a cow in the past. In 1944, there were 25.6 million cows in the United States, while today there are only 9.3 million cows in the U.S. that produce 59% more milk than in 1944.