Being a dairy farmer takes a 24/7 commitment every day of the year. Even on holidays, the cows must be milked and cared for.
New England is home to about 1,200 dairy farms. Many of them have been passed down from generation to generation. Some milk produced on New York dairy farms also travels into the New England region to feed and nourish our population.
Click on the state icon to meet some of the dairy farming families in New England and in Eastern New York.
Milk is locally produced in every state, so it doesn’t travel far from farm to store. Even if you live in a big city, you usually live 100 miles or less from a dairy farm.
Connecticut is home to about 100 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below.
There are several innovative ways dairy farmers reuse manure. A CT dairy farmer invented CowPots – a biodegradable planting pot made from cow poo.
Maine is home to about 230 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below. There is a state specific organization that works on behalf of Maine’s dairy farmers – Maine Dairy Promotion Board/Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council.
For more information about dairy farming in Maine, visit DrinkMaineMilk.org.
Massachusetts is home to about 130 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below.
In MA, 29,000 acres of recreational space is protected by dairy farmers.
New Hampshire is home to about 100 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below.
We love dairy so much in New England that our neighbors in Eastern New York share milk from their farms with us. Some milk produced on New York dairy farms travels into the New England region to feed and nourish our population. Meet some Eastern New York farm families below.
Dairy is a big deal in New York! The state ranks #3 in the country for milk production. New York dairy farmers also care for 2.5 million acres of land.
Rhode Island is home to just 8 dairy farming families but RI dairy farmers still make a mighty impact in their community. Get to know some of them below.
Dairy farms in Rhode Island help to preserve 500 acres of land — that’s more land than Rhode Island’s most popular state park.
Vermont is home to the most dairy farms in New England with over 700 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below.
There are 16 manure digesters on VT dairy farms, more per capita than any other state. That’s enough energy to power more than 4,000 VT homes annually.