Mandan News

Dairy in North Dakota

NDSU Extension Agent
By Jackie Buckley

Dates to Remember
June 12 – Morton County SCD Meeting, NRCS Office, Mandan, 9:30 a.m.
June 17 – ND Stockmen’s Association Feedlot School, Meet at the Bismarck Kmart Parking Lot at 7:45 a.m.
June 19 – Morton County Fairboard Meeting, Morton County Fairgrounds, New Salem, 8 p.m.
June 21 – Breakfast on the Farm, Northern Lights Dairy, South of Mandan on Highway 6, 7-11 a.m.

‘Breakfast on the Farm’
To help celebrate June Dairy month, Northern Lights Dairy, Mandan will be hosting Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, June 21, 7a.m.-11a.m. Northern Lights Dairy is a 600 Dairy milk-cow facility located about 14 miles south of Mandan. For this fun-filled day we are excited to announce that we are partnering with DOMINO’S Pizza and Land O’Lakes for breakfast! So, Breakfast will include: Breakfast Pizza, Ice Cream, Milk, Yogurt, String Cheese, Coffee, Juice and even Pancakes and Sausage for those who like a more traditional breakfast! Activities will include hayrides, guided tours of the farm, face-painting, door-prizes, a climbing wall, a bouncing inflatable for kids, watching the milking procedure in the parlor, vendor booths and displays, equipment displays/demonstrations, free prizes and even petting baby calves! Bring your friends and family and load up the car and head-out to the farm for a ‘mini’ fair! Oh, and it’s all FREE!!!

North Dakota Dairy Facts
• In the state of North Dakota, there are about 105 licensed dairy herds.
• North Dakota dairy farms produced approximately 40 million gallons of milk in 2013.
• North Dakota farms generate approximately $65 million in milk sales annually.
• North Dakota is the 35th largest milk-producing state in the U.S.
• In North Dakota, the average dairy cow produces about six gallons of milk per day. That’s more than 2,209 gallons of milk over the course of a typical year.
• North Dakota has four plants that process one or more dairy products.
• It takes about 48 hours for milk to travel from the farm to the dairy case
U.S. Dairy Facts – Dairy farms support rural communities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
• There are about 49,000 dairy farms in the United States. About 97% of U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated.
• There are approximately 9.23 million dairy cows in the U.S. The average herd size on a dairy farm is 187 cows.
• The value of all milk products sold from U.S. farms is about $37,187,826,000.
• Where milk goes, jobs follow. From farm to processor to distribution and retail, dairy creates jobs that support the economic well being of rural America.
• Dairy farms sustain rural America. Even under the nation’s current economic challenges, dairy farmers and companies are a lifeline to 900,000 jobs in the United States.
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