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Maryland Dairy

Maryland's Dairy Industry Statistics page

At a Glance...

Total Number of Dairy Farms: 348

Total Number of Dairy Cows: 42,000

First Quarter 2020 Milk Production: 225,000,000 lbs


Where are Maryland dairy farms located?

Number of Maryland Dairy Farms by County


Maryland's Dairy Industry 

Maryland ranks 28th in the U.S. in terms of the value of milk sales.  

M.D.

U.S.

Number of Dairy Farms

348

34,187

Number of Dairy Cows

42,000

9,374,000

Milk Production (2019)

  Total (million lbs)

840

218,382

  Lbs per Cow

19,535

23,391

  Value ($)

153,000,000

40,498,000,000

  Fat Test (%)

3.88

3.92

2020 First Quarter Production (million lbs)

225

56,130



Similar to the U.S., the majority of Maryland's dairies are small (<100 dairy cows per farm). 

In Maryland, the vast majority of cows (~80%) reside on farms that house less than 500 cows.  

*Data derived from USDA NASS surveys and 2017 Census of Agriculture.

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