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Wisconsin’s family-owned dairy farmers need our support

The amount of dairy farms in our state are dwindling.

Cow giving major side eye

Wisconsin is No. 2 in the nation in milk production. | Photo by 608today

There are approximately 150,000 cows in Dane County. They reside on about 170 dairy farms, according to state records. That seems like a good amount of dairy farms, but recent trends are troubling.

According to statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the state of Wisconsin lost 455 dairy farms in 2023.

The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin note that our state is No. 2 in the nation in milk production and produces half of the state’s $104.8 billion agricultural economy.

There are a variety of things one can do to support our local farmers:

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