About Dairy Farming

Dairy farming isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s early mornings and late nights, lots of hard work and doing more with less—but it’s all worth it when you’re doing what you love and nourishing your community with delicious dairy foods.

Dairy farmers make it a top priority to ensure milk is safe and nutritious by providing excellent care of their animals and protecting the land where their farms and families are located. Did you know that 95% of dairy farms in the U.S are family owned?

Providing Around the Clock Care

Caring for their animals is an around the clock job — seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Dairy farmers care for their cows and calves by providing a nutritious diet, good medical care and healthy living conditions.

In Ohio and West Virginia, dairy farm families raise more than 260,000 dairy cows on about 1,900 dairy farms. Together, those cows produce approximately 640 million gallons of milk a year. That’s a lot of deliciousness!

Protecting the Environment

Because the majority of dairy farmers in Ohio and West Virginia live on or near the land that they farm, they understand the importance of protecting our natural resources and minimizing our environmental footprint.

Dairy farmers actively recycle manure to help control odor in the community and are responsible users of water in their milking parlors – just to name a few conservation measures.

Nourishing Local Communities

Our dairy farmers do more than just produce milk and nutritious dairy foods; they create jobs, contribute to their local communities and drive the economy.

Most Americans live within 100 miles of a dairy farm – making them the ultimate local businesses! The total economic impact of dairy products produced and sold in Ohio is $23.8 billion, which generates 115,512 jobs for Ohioans. In West Virginia, the dairy industry generates $1.5 billion and 9,800 jobs for West Virginians.

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Environmental Stewardship

Dairy farming is a family affair, and farmers want to leave their land in good condition for the next generation!

Cow & Calf Care

Dairy farmers care for their animals by providing a nutritious diet, good medical care and healthy living conditions