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What Dairy Farmers Bring to Pennsylvania. PA’s Dairy Industry. 8,500 dairy farms 550,000 cows 10.7 billion pounds of milk produced annually Ranked 5 th nationally in total milk production. PA’s Dairy Industry. 99 percent of farms family-owned and operated

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pa s dairy industry
PA’s Dairy Industry
  • 8,500 dairy farms
  • 550,000 cows
  • 10.7 billion pounds of milk produced annually
  • Ranked 5th nationally in total milk production
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PA’s Dairy Industry
  • 99 percent of farms family-owned and operated
  • Dairies across the Commonwealth are growing to accommodate growing families and the next generation
what s it worth to pa
What’s It Worth to PA?
  • $1.2 billion in farm receipts
  • $4.2 billion dollars for the economy
  • 40,000 jobs throughout the Commonwealth and across the supply chain
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What’s It Worth to PA?

Dairy is worth more to PA than Oranges are to Florida and Potatoes are to Idaho.

Production Value in Millions

dairy producers are
Dairy Producers are:
  • Dedicated to the care and well-being of their animals
  • Committed to producing fresh, wholesome, quality milk
  • Responsible stewards of the land and natural resources
  • Vital contributors to the local community and its economy
dedicated to animal care
Dedicated to Animal Care:
  • All dairy farmers care about their cows
  • The average dairy cow is capable of producing 120 glasses of milk a day
  • A cow must be healthy and content to produce quality milk
  • Farmers make sure their cows get:
    • A well-balanced diet & a constant fresh supply of water
    • Regularly veterinary care
    • A clean, comfort place to live
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Dedicated to Animal Care:
  • Dairy farmers work with others to give their animals the best care possible
  • Veterinarians & nutritionists two examples
committed to quality milk
Committed to Quality Milk
  • Healthy cows give quality milk
  • Cows’ udders are sanitized before milking and protected after milking
  • Human hands never touch the milk
  • All milk is tested multiple times to ensure that no antibiotics or any other harmful residues enter the milk supply
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Committed to Quality Milk
  • Dairy producers work closely with milk processors and state / federal inspectors to ensure a safe milk supply
  • Typically milk enters the food supply within three days of being produced
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Committed to Quality Milk
  • Pennsylvania located within ½ days’ drive from 40 percent of population
  • Milk from Pennsylvania is shipped to dairy plants up and down East Coast
  • Milk made into fluid products, cheese, butter, ice cream, powder products, baby formula and even chocolate
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Committed to Quality Milk
  • Milk and dairy products are an important part of a healthy diet
  • Dairy products provide calcium and eight other essential nutrients
  • The USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid calls for Americans to get 3-A-Day of dairy
contributor to economy
Contributor to Economy
  • As the milk flows out, money flows back into thelocal community
  • 85 percentspent within local community
  • Circulates 2.5 times to increasethe total impact
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Contributor to Economy
  • Average 70-cow dairy contributes nearly $1 million to local economy
  • 500-cow dairy contributes nearly $7 million for local economy

Each cow = $13,737 for the economy

Contributor to Economy

Every Nine Cows = One Job

responsible to environment
Responsible to Environment:
  • Farmers care about the communities where they live and work
  • Their farms provide wide open spaces for the local community
  • They take good care of the land to preserve their future and ours
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Responsible to Environment:
  • Use sound environ-mental practices like no-till farming and rotational grazing to take care of land and natural resources
  • Recycle nutrients in the water and in manure to benefit the environment
dairy farmers are
Dairy Farmers are:
  • Dedicated
  • Responsible
  • Conscientious
  • Neighborly
  • A Vital Part ofPennsylvania’sEconomy and Our Communities