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Dairies So Big, It Is Dumbfounding

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Touch the Soil News #388 There are approximately 65,000 dairy farms in the U.S. with the median size being around 900 cows. In the Western U.S., were dairies are larger, the herd size averages around 1,200 with a small number of dairies in the 10,000 plus range. The largest U.S. dairy has around 30,000 cows. Historically, Russia purchased much of its dairy products from Western Europe. But all of that changed in 2014, when criticism of Russia’s intervention into the Ukraine reached high levels. At that time, Russia decided to ban food imports from Western Europe. It left a big hole in the supply of milk and milk products in…

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