Web Extras: A Map of Dairy Farms in New York

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 10:55 AM

On today’s Underreported, Leonard and Barry Estabrook examine the current state of dairy farming in the United States—and efforts to pass a new price stabilization program in Congress.

Below, you can check out a map of the current concentration of dairy farms in New York. The image is taken from a website called Factory Farm Map, which promotes sustainable farming practices and a bias against larger farms. Although the website is partisan, the data upon which this map is based is not: it comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture, which is a five-year survey of America’s farms. (It last happened in 2007.) For more on the map and the methodology, you can go here.

Overall, the majority of dairy farms are located in California and Idaho, but New York is still one of the highest producers of dairy in the U.S., coming in at 6th overall. Within New York, Wyoming County and Cayuga County—both located in the western part of the state—are the largest producers of milk, with over 28,000 and 22,000 cows respectively.

Are you a dairy farmer in New York? Or have you visited a dairy farm recently? Let us know in the comments!

Dairy farms in New York


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Comments [2]

steven scanapico from upstate NY

Hi not sure if you are the right person to ask about this or maybe you can point me in the right direction. I would like to take my wife for her b-day to a farm upstate NY and have her experience the birth of farm animals. She loves baby animals and see the births of them on TV and for her 52 nd b-day I would her to experience the the amazing look of life being born. I know it's not possible to predict when they will be born on a certain day. i thought the spring you would have multiple births and can be there to see this happen. Thank you for your time Steve

Mar. 25 2012 11:16 AM

Hello, we are milking about 70 Holsteins in Herkimer County. In the spring, summer and fall, the cattle are out grazing on our 500 acres of land. Fortunately, our tract of open grasslands creates an unfragmented habitat for 2 threatened bird species who are having difficulty surviving elsewhere. In our area, as each dairy farm falls, it is replaced by large lot subdivisions.
The milk from our farm goes mostly to NYC or to Boston daily for fresh fluid milk through an independent farmers cooperative who sells it in turn to large processors like Dean Foods.

Jan. 14 2011 05:21 PM

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