Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin
Summary of Findings and Recommendations
Laura Paine, Grazing and Organic Agriculture Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
|The vast majority of dairy cattle in the United States never see the outdoors while they’re lactating. Over 50% of the milk produced in the US comes from just 1750 large farms, primarily in California, Idaho, New Mexico, and Texas.
In contrast, about 22% or more than 3000 of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers use managed grazing. Can the unique features of milk from pastured cows contribute to the resurgence of an artisan dairy tradition?