US dairy farmer numbers are dropping

The average American dairyman is losing $1.50 per cow per day because it's costing more to feed then cows than they get for the milk - and that is why they are selling out," said Mike Hutjens.

Second-generation dairy farmer David Janssens walks through a pasture as his dairy cows graze at Nicomekl Farms, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday August 30, 2018. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

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The average American dairyman is losing $1.50 per cow per day because it’s costing more to feed then cows than they get for the milk – and that is why they are selling out,” said Mike Hutjens.

The Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois was here in Stratford, at the Forage Focus event.

Hutjens said the State of Illinois, which had 1100 dairy farms at mid-year, has lost nine per cent of its dairy producers this year. Wisconsin, which started the year with 8800 herds, is losing dairy farms at the rate of two a day, said Hutjens.

For reference, Ontario has about 3500 licensed quota holders, and they have been reducing at a rate of less than two a month.

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