For centuries, dairy farmers have taken special care of their animals and their local environment. Today, they are active members of their local community and create an estimated 900,000 jobs in the United States alone!

They are your friends and neighbors. But most important of all, they are dedicated to producing nutritious and tasty milk and dairy foods for all to enjoy.

The History of Dairy Farming

Humans have been drinking milk from cows for thousands of years. Modern dairy farming began in the early 1900’s after pasteurization was developed and practiced. Pasteurization allows for a safer product and extends milk’s shelf life by eradicating spoilage causing bacteria through the application of heat. This process allows milk to last longer and be shipped further. With more easier acces to safe milk, demand increased as did the need for larger farms.

These larger farms rely on healthy cows and efficient practices to produce larger amounts of milk and dairy products. While these farms have grown and become more efficient, farmers still focus on reducing environmental impact, producing safe products and keeping their herds healthy and content.

Who are Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers are hard working men and women that take pride in providing the highest quality dairy products to their family, community and customers. They are members of their communities and they stay involved with community projects. They care deeply about the environment and strive to farm in ways that reduce any impact on the environment.

Most dairy farms are owned and maintained by families and have been for generations. Dairy farmers are experts at milk production and safety, farming best practices and how to keep their herds healthy and happy. Farmers invest countless hours into making the best product possible.

Modern Dairy Farming

Dairy farms have grown significantly from their humble beginnings to meet the growing demand for dairy products. Although the size of the farms has grown they are still family farms. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 98% of U.S. dairy farms are still family owned and operated. Sometimes these farms are still owned by relatives and descendants of the original owners! Whether the farm is large or small, farmers are committed to producing the highest quality product while taking care of the land they farm.

The American Dairy Association North East Farmers

American Dairy Association North East represents farmers from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., and parts of Northern Virginia. Our farmers are passionate about what they do and they are excited to share it with you. Visit our farm families page to learn more about how they make the delicious and nutritious products that we enjoy every day.