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Commercial Dairies, Milk Production and Value

Year

Number Dairies

Production (gallons)

Production (pounds)

Cash Receipts

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

231

236

249

250

281

271,395,348

288,023,258

278,604,651

276,860,465

305,000,000

2,334,000,000

2,477,000,000

2,396,000,000

2,381,000,000

2,623,000,000

$423,878,000

$407,880,000

$431,280,000

$363,528,000

$408,408,000

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

320

328

340

332

335

297,441,860

299,891,744

291,627,907

293,953,488

284,534,883

2,558,000,000

2,579,000,000

2,508,000,000

2,526,000,000

2,447,000,000

$385,503,000

$401,700,000

$372,947,000

$421,007,000

$387,960,000

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

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

160,000

160,000

156,000

155,000

170,000

1,696

1,800

1,789

1,709

1,732

14,598

15,475

15,391

14,698

14,903

$18.20

$16.50

$18.00

$15.30

$15.60

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

177,000

180,000

179,000

180,000

181,000

1,671

1,657

1,620

1,633

1,571

14,371

14,249

13,933

14,033

13,519

$15.10

$15.60

$14.90

$16.70

$15.90

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

 


Leading Dairy Counties

County

Number Dairies

Number Cows

Production (gallons)

Estimated Value

Okeechobee

Gilchrist

Lafayette

Hardee

Levy

21

8

25

10

4

36,000

14,600

13,000

8,800

6,500

61,056,000

24,761,000

22,048,000

14,924,000

12,550,000

$95,247,000

$38,628,000

$34,395,000

$23,282,000

$19,578,000

Suwannee

Highlands

Clay

Pasco

Hillsborough

20

15

4

10

15

7,400

7,400

4,400

4,100

6,100

13,320,000

11,024,000

10,346,000

8,649,000

7,462,000

$18,914,000

$17,197,000

$16,139,000

$13,493,000

$11,641,000

Manatee

Marion

Duval

Alachua

Lake

9

5

7

6

5

5,100

3,800

3,200

4,100

3,800

6,954,000

6,964,000

6,445,000

6,445,000

4,410,000

$10,848,000

$10,848,000

$10,054,000

$10,054,000

$6,878,000

Hernando

Jackson

Polk

Nassau

Sumpter

 

6

9

4

1

5

2,600

2,600

2,200

2,000

1,900

4,410,000

3,731,000

3,731,000

3,393,000

3,392,000

$6,878,000

$5,821,000

$5,821,000

$5,291,000

$5,291,000

Martin

Escambia

Holmes

Washington

2

4

8

3

2,200

1,600

2,000

1,000

3,222,000

2,713,000

2,035,000

1,696,000

$5,026,000

$4,233,000

$3,175,000

$2,646,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service

Dairy Facts
Dairy Facts
  • Florida remains the leading dairy state in the Southeast, producing 271 million gallons of milk in 1998.
  • Florida ranks 13th nationally in cash receipts for milk, 15th nationally in milk production, and 15th in the number of dairy cows.
  • Okeechobee remains the major milk-producing county in Florida with 21 dairies and 36,000 cows that produced 61 million gallons of milk in 1998.
  • Three Florida counties (Okeechobee, Lafayette and Gilchrist) combined to produce more than 100 million gallons of milk, and accounted for nearly 40 percent of the states 1998 production.


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