Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin

Summary of Findings and Recommendations
March 2013


Report author:
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?