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 151,000 milk cows, on a mixture of more than 290 large and small dairy farms -- both 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 produce 3.3 billion pounds of milk annually in 2016.

> The value of milk produced in Kansas totaled nearly $537 million in 2015.

> 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 290 licensed dairy herds.

> Kansas dairy farms produced about 379 million gallons of milk in 2016.

> In Kansas, the average dairy cow produces about 7 gallons of milk per day. That’s more than 2,544 gallons of milk over the course of a typical year.

> Dairy products generated $5.41 million in cash receipts during 2011.

> 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.

> Upon the completion of the Dairy Farmers of America milk powder plan in Garden City in 2017, about 75% of milk produced in Kansas will be processed within the states boarders, 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.