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August 6, 2018

More than 4% of Wisconsin Dairy Farms Call It Quits in 2018—So Far

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Another 382 dairy farms have left the business in Wisconsin this year through the first seven months of the year. That’s an attrition rate of 4.3%, and there are still five months to go.

If there is any good news, just 44 farms called it quits in July which was 10 fewer farms than had left the business in June. There are currently 8,419 dairy farms licensed in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

At this time last year, 283 Wisconsin farms had exited the business, an attrition rate of 3% year-to-date. Last year, a total of 465 dairy farms left the business by year end.

In June (the latest numbers available), Wisconsin cow numbers were unchanged from May at 1.274 million head, according to USDA. But cow numbers are down 4,000 head from a year ago.