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Dairy's Big Potential

Dairy's Big Potential

Processors say there's demand to support doubling the number of cows in South Dakota.

There's enough demand for milk in the I-29 Corridor to support doubling the number of dairy cows in South Dakota.

Valley Queen Cheese, Milbank, S.D., recently completed an expansion and needs 4 million pounds of milk daily

Lake Norden Cheese Lake Norden, S.D., uses 3.2 million pounds of milk per day now and will need 6 million pounds per day in the near future.

AgroPur, Hull, Iowa, needs 2.5 million pounds of milk per day now and is projected to need 5 million pounds in the near future.

Bel Brands USA, which is building a new cheese plant in Brookings, S.D., will need 750,000 pounds of milk per day when it begins operating.

Processors say there's demand to support doubling the number of cows in South Dakota.

The increase in demand adds up to the production from approximately 95,000 cows. South Dakota's dairy cow herd currently totals about 92,000 cows.

According to studies done by South Dakota State University economists, each dairy cow generates $5,411 in economic activity related to the production of milk.

When processing and manufacturing is added in, the impact swells to $13,594 per cow.

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