“Dairy farming is a vital part of Maryland’s agriculture, generating 10 percent of all farm cash receipts,” said Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Dairy farms provide us with milk, ice cream, yogurt, cheese and many other nutritious foods. I encourage Marylanders to support our dairy farmers.”
Dairy is a $1.1 billion business in the state. A 2013 University of Maryland study found that about 4,255 residents are employed in the dairy sector.
The Agriculture Department says there are 455 dairy farms in Maryland.
Maryland's top three dairy producing counties are in western Maryland, including Washington, Frederick and Garrett counties.
There are about 51,000 dairy cows in Maryland, with the Holstein being the most popular breed in the state.