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Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Commercial Dairies, Milk Production and Value

Year

Number Dairies

Production (gallons)

Production (pounds)

Cash Receipts

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

236

249

250

281

320

288,023,258

278,604,651

276,860,465

305,000,000

297,441,860

2,477,000,000

2,396,000,000

2,381,000,000

2,623,000,000

2,558,000,000

$407,880,000

$431,280,000

$363,528,000

$408,408,000

$385,503,000

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

328

340

332

335

347

299,891,744

291,627,907

293,953,488

284,534,883

273,255,813

2,579,000,000

2,508,000,000

2,526,000,000

2,447,000,000

2,350,000,000

$401,700,000

$372,947,000

$421,007,000

$387,960,000

$355,680,000

1980

1970

1960

1950

1940

408

451

503

N/A

N/A

235,813,953

190,813,953

151,860,465

54,448,108

22,708,782

2,028,000,000

1,641,000,000

1,306,000,000

468,000,000

193,000,000

$317,422,000

$126,863,000

$87,226,000

$34,423,000

$8,957,000

 



Cows, Milk Production and Value

Year

Milk Cows

Gallons Per Cow

Pounds Per Cow

Price Per 100 pounds

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

160,000

156,000

155,000

170,000

177,000

1,800

1,789

1,709

1,732

1,671

15,481

15,391

14,698

14,903

14,371

$16.50

$18.00

$15.30

$15.60

$15.10

1992

1991

1990

1989

1988

180,000

179,000

180,000

181,000

182,000

1,657

1,620

1,633

1,571

1,501

14,249

13,933

14,033

13,519

12,912

$15.60

$14.90

$16.70

$15.90

$15.20

1980

1970

1960

1950

1940

184,000

192,000

213,000

89,000

90,000

1,261

999

782

N/A

406

10,845

8,592

6,730

N/A

3,492

$15.65

$7.73

$6.86

N/A

$3.35

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service


Dairies, Cows and Milk Production
Dairies, Cows and Milk Production

 

Dairies, Cows and Milk Production


Leading Dairy Counties

County

Number Dairies

Number Cows

Production (gallons)

Estimated Value

Okeechobee

Gilchrist

Lafayette

Hardee

Highlands

22

7

25

10

8

36,000

14,600

13,000

8,800

6,500

64,800,000

25,200,000

23,400,000

15,840,000

11,700,000

$92,016,000

$35,784,000

$33,228,000

$22,493,000

$16,614,000

Levy

Suwannee

Hillsborough

Manatee

Clay

4

20

16

9

4

7,400

7,400

4,400

4,100

6,100

13,320,000

13,320,000

7,920,000

7,380,000

10,980,000

$18,914,000

$18,914,000

$11,246,000

$10,480,000

$15,592,000

Pasco

Duval

Brevard

Marion

Alachua

9

7

7

5

6

5,100

3,800

3,200

4,100

3,800

9,180,000

6,840,000

5,760,000

7,380,000

6,840,000

$13,036,000

$9,713,000

$8,180,000

$10,480,000

$9,713,000

Lake

Hernando

Jackson

Nassau

Martin

5

6

9

3

2

2,600

2,600

2,200

2,000

1,900

4,680,000

4,680,000

3,960,000

3,600,000

3,420,000

$6,646,000

$6,646,000

$5,623,000

$5,112,000

$4,856,000

Polk

Escambia

Sumter

Washington

Holmes

5

7

5

4

9

2,200

1,600

2,000

1,000

1,200

3,960,000

2,888,000

3,600,000

1,800,000

2,160,000

$5,623,000

$4,085,000

$5,112,000

$2,556,000

$3,067,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Dairy Facts

  • Florida remains the leading dairy state in the Southeast, producing 288 million gallons of milk in 1997.
  • Florida ranks 13th nationally in cash receipts for milk, 16th nationally in milk production, and 14th in the number of dairy cows.
  • Okeechobee remains the major milk-producing county in Florida with 22 dairies and 36,000 cows that produced 64 million gallons of milk in 1997.
  • Three Florida counties (Okeechobee, Lafayette and Gilchrist) combined to produce more than 100 million gallons of milk, and accounted for 39 percent of the states 1997 production.


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