State Dairy Herd Count at 7,722; Half the Total of 15 Years Ago
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/07/2019
The state's agriculture department has announced its latest dairy herd count numbers, which indicates there were 7,722 herds milking in Wisconsin during the first week of June. That's down by 388 since the first of January and 795 less than this time a year earlier.
A look into the Wisconsin Ag Connection archives show that the herd count is exactly half of what it was in September 2004, when the total was 15,444.
Clark County continues to hold the highest number of herds in the state with 760, followed by Marathon County with 472.
Milwaukee County registered just one herd as of June 1, while Forest and Florence had none at all.
Despite having less operating dairy farms, the state's remaining herds are still milking over 1.28 million head and producing a record amount of milk.
DATCP records show that 90 percent of state dairy operations are Grade A certified, with 10 percent licensed as Grade B.