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- There are approximately 1,900 Grade A dairy farms in Michigan.
- Michigan has 375,000 dairy cows, representing approximately 2,000 dairy herds.
- In 2012, dairy cows in Michigan produced approximately 8.9 billion pounds of milk.
- Michigan ranked 8th in milk production in the U.S., producing 4.4 percent of the nation's milk.
- The dairy industry in Michigan contributes $14.7 billion to the state's economy.
- The average Michigan cow produces approximately 23,700 pounds of milk each year. That's 2,775 gallons of milk a year or more than 8 gallons of milk every day of her milking period.
- Michigan ranks 5th nationally for average milk production per cow per year.
- According to the USDA, 98 percent of U.S. dairy farms are family owned and operated, sometimes by multiple generations of the family.