Nebraska ranks in the top ten among all states in “revenue per dairy cow”, according to an American Farm Bureau Federation analysis.
Nebraska’s average of $3,941 per dairy cow in 2016 was nearly $230 higher than the U.S. average of $3,712. It also ranked second among all Midwestern states, just slightly behind Wisconsin.
“This study provides more evidence that Nebraska is a great place to milk cows,” said Rod Johnson, Executive Director of the Nebraska State Dairy Association. “We have a winning combination of abundant, high-quality feed and water resources and top-notch producers who work hard to provide their cows with nutritionally balanced diets and proper animal care.”
Another example of Nebraska’s dairy prowess, Johnson says, comes from the National Agricultural Statistics Services, which shows Nebraska’s annual average milk production per cow of 23,500 pounds, which ranks in the top ten states in the nation. Nebraska’s herd is primarily Holsteins, which is the highest producing breed amongst all the dairy breeds.
“While these numbers may surprise some people, they don’t surprise us,” Johnson says. “Nebraska is a good place to milk cows.”