Idaho's Dairy Industry
Ranked third nationally for overall cheese production, third in milk production and fourth in number of milk cows, Idaho's dairy industry has grown significantly in recent years.
Between 1994 and 2003 Idaho milk production more than doubled as producers from several other states including California, Pennsylvania and elsewhere moved their operations to Idaho. This influx of growth has brought with it thousands of production and manufacturing jobs. It has also increased demand for feed crops like corn and alfalfa, which helps other farms.
Regarding manufacturing, Idaho cheese plants produced 842 thousand pounds of cheese in 2011.
There were 578,000 milk cows on farms in Idaho in 2011 with an average milk production per cow of 22,934 pounds.