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South Dakota Dairy Numbers See Massive Growth

February 13, 2024

SIOUX FALLS, SD – South Dakota’s dairy industry is growing tremendously, thanks in part to Governor Kristi Noem’s commitment to expanding this vital commerce.

As of January 2024, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the total count of dairy cows in South Dakota totals 208,000, up 70.5% since 2019.

“South Dakota farmers and ranchers are passionate about what they do,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “Their dedication to the industry has created a tremendous impact on our state’s economy, and our dairy industry in particular is thriving.”

In the past 12 years, South Dakota’s dairy herd has grown from 90,000 head to 208,000.

“South Dakota is a leader amongst the dairy industry. The economic impact of those additional 118,000 cows is nearly $4 billion annually,” said GOED Commissioner Chris Schilken. “That is a huge win for South Dakota and its economy. South Dakota is open for business, and producers from across the country are investing here because of our welcoming approach to the dairy industry.”

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