About Dairy Farming

Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers are dedicated to providing you and your family with safe, high-quality milk and dairy foods.

Dairy farmers make it a top priority to ensure milk is safe and nutritious by providing excellent care of their animals and protecting the land where their farms are located.

In Ohio and West Virginia, our farm families raise more than 274,000 dairy cows on about 2,500 dairy farms. In an average year, Ohio and West Virginia dairy cows produce approximately 5.6 billion pounds, or about 656 million gallons, of milk.

Nutritious dairy foods begin on the farm where our committed dairy farmers carefully tend to their animals and land that sustains them, adopting environmentally-friendly practices throughout their operations.

Caring for their animals is an around the clock job — seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Dairy farmers care for their cows and calves by providing a nutritious diet, good medical care, and healthy living conditions.

Because the majority of dairy farmers in Ohio and West Virginia live on or near the land that they farm, they also understand the importance of protecting these natural resources. Dairy farmers actively recycle manure to help control odor in the community and are responsible users of water in their milking parlors.

Our dairy farmers do more than just produce milk and nutritious dairy foods; they create jobs, contribute to the local communities where their farms are located and drive the economy.

Have more questions about dairy farming? Get answers to common questions, watch videos about dairy farming, and meet our dairy farm families.