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 over 1,000 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.
Watch recordings from our live virtual farm tours. Tour a local dairy farm in real-time without having to leave your couch. Tours available for the general public, health professionals, and schools.
Connecticut is home to about 100 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below and by visiting CTDairy.org.
There are several innovative ways dairy farmers reuse manure. A Connecticut dairy farmer invented CowPots – a biodegradable planting pot made from cow poo.
Maine is home to about 200 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 & Nutrition Council.
For more information about dairy farming in Maine, visit DrinkMaineMilk.org.
Massachusetts is home to about 110 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below and by visiting MassDairy.com.
In Massachusetts, 29,000 acres of recreational space is protected by dairy farmers. The state is also home to the only state park with a working dairy farm on site.
New Hampshire is home to about 100 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below and by visiting NHDairyPromo.org.
In 2019, a New Hampshire dairy farming family was spotlighted in a national TV series: The American Farm on The History Channel.
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 #4 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 10 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 600 dairy farming families. Get to know some of them below.
There are 16 manure digesters on Vermont dairy farms, more per capita than any other state. That’s enough energy to power more than 4,000 Vermont homes annually.