The Texas dairy industry boosts local, state and national economies.
Jobs and income are generated when farmers purchase machinery, trucks, fuel and other equipment; buy feed and healthcare for their animals; and use services such as banking and insurance. And after the milk leaves the farm, it continues to create jobs in transportation, distribution, processing and retail markets.
Dairy feeds the economy:
- Texas has 386 Grade A dairies with an estimated 526,000 cows (June 2018)
- Texas’ dairy farmers produce more than 12 billion pounds of milk (about 1.4 billion gallons) annually.
- Each cow produces an average of 2,060 pounds of milk (240 gallons) per month (5th nationally) (June 2018).
- Milk produced in Texas in 2017 had an estimated value of almost $2 billion, which is 7.4 percent of the total value of all Texas agriculture commodity projection.
- Dairy (milk and cows) brought in more than $2.3 billion in total cash receipts in 2014; total contribution to Texas’ gross domestic product was $1.98 billion.
- The total economic impact of the dairy industry in Texas in 2017 was estimated at more than $3.5 billion – milk is ranked third in Texas agriculture commodities for its economic impact.
- Texas is the fifth largest dairy producing state in the nation.
- A Texas dairy cow produces an estimated 22,235 pounds of milk per year (about 2,585 gallons).
- The average Texas dairy farm’s herd has 1,077 cows (eighth nationally).