Dairy production has long been an important part of American and Arkansas agriculture. Milk and other dairy products from cows and goats remains a staple in the diets of most Americans, however, over the course of the past two decades, fluid milk consumption per capita has declined, and sales of low-fat milk have increased relative to whole milk. Dairy farmers have faced a variety of challenges that have led to a decline in dairy operations in Arkansas.
Arkansas Dairy Facts
- In the state of Arkansas, there are around 65 licensed dairy herds.
- The size of the dairy farming industry in Arkansas makes it the 46th largest milk-producing state in the United States.
- Milk production on Arkansas dairy farms yielded approximately 11.2 million gallons of milk in 2015.
- Arkansas farms generate approximately $22 million in milk sales annually.
- In Arkansas, the average dairy cow produces about 3.7 gallons of milk per day. That’s more than 1,356 gallons of milk over the course of a typical year.
- Arkansas has three plants that process one or more dairy products.