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Number of state dairy farms drops below 11,000

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s total number of dairy farms has dropped below 11,000.

The Wisconsin Ag Connection news service says it’s the first time in many generations that the number of active milking herds dropped below 11,000.

The state said there 10,915 such herds during the first week in May, 600 fewer than the same month a year ago. But the surviving herds have more cows than ever, totaling 1.27 million animals.

Clark County has 911 herds. That’s the most in Wisconsin, but it had more than 1,000 just a few years ago.

Forest County has just one dairy herd, and Milwaukee County has three.

87 percent of dairy operations are Grade-“A” certified, and 13 percent are licensed as Grade-“B.”