Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples
The Texas Dairy Industry
Did you know?
• Texas dairies produce enough milk to fill the new Dallas Cowboys stadium nearly six times.
• Texas is the seventh largest milk-producing state in the U.S. with 423,000 dairy cows in 2009.
Milk production in 2009 totaled more than 1 billion gallons, up 5 percent from what was
produced in 2008. Each cow produced an average 2,530 gallons in 2009, up 4 percent from
the previous year.
Milk production generated $1.6 billion in sales in 2008 and is the state’s third largest source of
agricultural cash receipts behind cattle and cotton. That was 8 percent higher than the previous
year and 80 percent higher than 10 years ago.
There are 1,293 farms with milk cows in Texas, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture. Of
those, 685 farms had fewer than 10 dairy cows and accounted for less than 1 percent of total
milk sales. There were 102 dairy farms with 1,000 or more cows that accounted for 69 percent of
the milk sold.
Texas milk production is concentrated in three areas
of the state: the western Panhandle, north-central
Texas near Stephenville and northeast Texas near
Texas is also a leading producer of manufactured
dairy products. In 2008, Texas produced 73 million
pounds of cottage cheese and ranked third nationally
in creamed cottage cheese production.
Texas also ranked No. 2 in production of low-fat ice cream mix with 16 million gallons; No. 3 in
regular ice cream mix with 32 million gallons; and No. 3 in production of regular ice cream with
a total of 59 million gallons. In all, Texas produced 88 million gallons of ice cream in 2008. Texas
also ranked No. 9 in production of milk sherbet mix at 625,000 gallons.
More information on Texas’ dairy industry can be found in TDA’s annual Texas Agricultural Statistics,
beginning on page 34. Monthly production data are also available from USDA’s Milk Production and
Dairy Products reports. Market news reports are also available.
www.TexasAgriculture.gov Updated: February 19, 2010