January 11, 2016

Celebrating our Kentucky Dairy Farmers on National Milk Day

It's National Milk Day! On this day in 1878, the first bottled milk was delivered. Be sure to drink a milk toast to America’s number one beverage.

In honor of the day, we wanted to share a few Kentucky dairy industry facts: 

  • In 2014, Kentucky milk cows produced 115 million gallons of milk. 
  • Kentucky was home to 63,000 milk cows on 714 dairy farms as of January 1, 2015, with the average herd size being 88 milking cows. 
  • Kentucky’s dairy cows, on average, produced 5.8 gallons of milk each day. This meant each Kentucky dairy cow was producing enough milk to make 2.3 pounds of butter of 5 pounds of cheese!  
  • Kentucky milk is also processed locally; Kentucky has 7 commercial milk processing plants, 3 commercial cheese processing plants, a specialty ice-cream plant, 1 on-farm milk bottling plant, and 6 on-farm cheese makers. 
The top dairy cattle counties in the state:
  1. Barren
  2. Adair
  3. Logan
  4. Todd
  5. Christian 
Many thanks to Kentucky Farm Bureau for collecting this data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service

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