Kansas Dairy Industry

The dairy industry in Kansas is more than milk, its jobs and economic activity for the people of our state. Kansas is home to 163,000 milk cows, on a mixture of more than 270 large and small dairy farms -- all of which contribute to the local economy by supporting local businesses and the community tax base.            

> Kansas ranks 16th in the U.S. for milk production. Kansas dairies produced 3.8 billion pounds of milk in 2019.

> Kansas ranks 14th in the U.S. for milk output per cow.

> The value of milk produced in Kansas totaled more than $565 million in 2019.

> The average value of the milk a Kansas dairy cow produces in one day is about $11.32.

> The Kansas dairy industry had a direct output of almost $742.8 million and a total economic contribution of about $1.27 billion. The industry creates 1,330 jobs directly and, with indirect and induced impacts, the total number of jobs grows to 4,204.

> In the state of Kansas, there are about 270 licensed dairy herds.

> In Kansas, the average dairy cow produces about 7.43 gallons of milk per day. That’s more than 2,711 gallons of milk over the course of a typical year.

> Kansas has six plants that produce one or more dairy products. Kansas also has nine on-farm or specialty processing facilities that produce milk, cheese and ice cream, among other products.

> In 2019, Kansas dairy exports totaled $102 million.

> Upon the completion of the Dairy Farmers of America milk powder plant in Garden City in 2017, about 75% of milk produced in Kansas will be processed within the state, generating greater economic development by capturing more dollars through value-added processes.

> Dairies create a ripple effect on the rural economies of Kansas. For every dollar a dairy farm spends, roughly $2.50 in wages and related business transactions is contributed to the local economy.

>Dairies offer jobs on the farm and throughout the industry in areas including trucking, breeding services and sales, repair services; and veterinary, pharmaceutical, nutrition and other consulting services.