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“Do you have any milk? : dairy products are a major economic factor in the economy of Texas | Herald of Copperas Cove

‘Have milk?’ It’s a popular campaign slogan that families across the country and in Texas regularly ask for as the need for the drink increases.

According to the Texas Association of Dairymen, 351 Texas Grade A Dairies, with about 586,395 cows, produced more than 14.8 billion pounds of milk, or more than 1.7 billion gallons, in 2020, up 7% compared to 2019.

The total economic impact of the Texas dairy industry in 2018 was estimated at nearly $4.3 billion. Milk is ranked fourth among Texas agricultural products for its economic impact.

These are just some of the facts Copperas Cove High School students learned when the Copperas Cove FFA kicked off the celebration of National FFA Week with a presentation from Southwest Dairy Farms.

The CCHS Agriculture and CTE courses alternated with the Dairy Farm Information Workshop, Healthy Lifestyles, Dairy Cattle Breeds, Nutritional Needs and Care of Dairy Cattle. Students saw a first-hand demonstration of the equipment used, milking procedures and the dairy cow milking process.

A Holstein cow, Katy Bell, was used for the milking demonstrations.

Some students were exposed to cattle in person for the first time.

“It was very entertaining,” said Saymon Taylor. “We got to know the different types of cows and their many uses.”

According to the Texas Association of Dairymen, the average dairy herd in Texas has 1,487 cows, and each cow produces an average of 2,861 gallons of milk per year, or about 7.84 gallons per day.

Texas milk production and milk production per cow rank fifth nationally. The total economic impact of the Texas dairy industry in 2018 was estimated at nearly $4.3 billion. Dairy milk and cows brought in more than $2.4 billion in total cash receipts in 2019, with a total contribution of $1.8 billion to Texas’ gross domestic product.

Milk is ranked fourth among Texas agricultural products for its economic impact. Milk produced in Texas in 2018 had an estimated value of nearly $2 billion, or 7.86% of the total value of all agricultural production in Texas.

Texas dairy exports totaled $321 million in 2019.

“Classes had a great time and learned new things,” said FFA counselor Danielle Sherwood. “The Mobile Dairy was a great start to the National FFA Week celebration.”