Dairy Statistics

How much do you know about dairy farming in the Mid-Atlantic region? Read statistics on milk production by state below to learn more.

Delaware

  • State ranking – total state milk production – 47
  • Number of milk cows – 5,000
  • Total milk production per year – 91.5 million pounds
  • Average herd size – 100 cows
  • Average milk produced per cow per year – 18,300 lbs.
  • Number of dairy farms – 50

Maryland

  • State ranking – total state milk production – 28
  • Number of milk cows – 52,000
  • Total milk production per year – 970 million pounds
  • Average herd size – 102 cows
  • Average milk produced per cow per year – 18,654 lbs.
  • Number of dairy farms – 510

New Jersey

  • State ranking – total state milk production – 45
  • Number of milk cows – 8,000
  • Total milk production per year – 136 million pounds
  • Average herd size – 94 cows
  • Average milk produced per cow per year – 17,000 lbs.
  • Number of dairy farms – 85

Pennsylvania

  • State ranking – total state milk production – 5
  • Number of milk cows – 541,000
  • Total milk production per year – 10.6 billion pounds
  • Average herd size – 75 cows
  • Average milk produced per cow per year – 19,601 lbs.
  • Number of dairy farms – 7,240

Virginia

  • State ranking – total state milk production – 23
  • Number of milk cows – 96,000
  • Total milk production per year – 1.7 billion pounds
  • Average herd size – 139 cows
  • Average milk produced per cow per year – 17,906 lbs.
  • Number of dairy farms – 690

*Source: 2011 U.S. Dairy Statistics, Progressive Dairyman