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January 14, 2020

Minnesota Loses 328 Dairy Farms in 2019

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The toll of five years of low milk prices was heavy in Minnesota, with 328 fewer dairy farms licensed to operate on Jan. 1, 2020 compared to one year earlier. In percentage terms, that’s an 11.9% loss.

In contrast, Wisconsin lost about 10% of its dairies last year.

According to data from Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture, there were 2,341 licensed Grade A dairy farms and 94 Grade B dairy farms on Jan. 1, 2020. In contrast, there were 2,598 Grade A dairies and 165 Grade B dairies on Jan. 1, 2019.

Doing the math, Minnesota lost 257 Grade A dairies last year, roughly 10%. Grade B dairies declined by 71, an attrition rate of 43%.