Georgia's dairy industry has been commercially successful since the 1930s. Today, there are several firms that have a hand in the processing of milk and milk products in Georgia. The dairy industry includes farmers, processors and manufacturers, who provide all the services needed to produce a variety of dairy products, as well as retailers who bring the products directly to consumers.

A total of 268 dairy farms produce 1.34 billion pounds of milk in Georgia. Dairy ranks 8th as an agricultural commodity in Georgia. Over 148 herds in Georgia are enrolled in the Dairy Herd Improvement Program. They average over 21,000 pounds of milk and 300 cows each. While the number of dairy farms in Georgia has declined over the years, the amount of milk per cow has greatly increased. The goal of UGA Extension and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is to extend lifelong learning about dairy production and management through research-based information.


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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

Dairy On: UGA Dairy Team Blog A blog on dairy research, youth activities and Extension programming.

Dairy Cattle Resources UGA Extension research-based information from the department of Animal and Diary Science.

Impact Statements: Dairy Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science Learn more about the animal and dairy science department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

American Dairy Science Association Provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services.

Georgia Milk Producers, Inc. Features pertinent information for Georgia's dairy producers. Sections include MILC payment program information, weather conditions and forecasts, dairy policy updates, newsletters, exchange quotes, an events calendar, and a classifieds section.


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  • New Faculty Tour Tour stops at UGA Griffin and Tifton campuses. Published: 08/10/17
  • Farmer of the Year 2017 Georgia Farmer of the Year Everett Williams is an advocate for Georgia dairy farmers and agriculture across the state. Published: 03/24/17
  • Dairy Research Betaine helps to improve cows' metabolism and milk production. Published: 10/12/16
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Top Dairy Producers
County Name Value
Macon $66,600,000
Morgan 37,800,000
Burke 37,179,000
Brooks 32,047,840
Putnam 28,690,200
Sumter 23,085,000
Appling 19,665,720
Mitchell 17,740,665
Lee 15,732,576
Jefferson 11,978,400
State Total: $407,721,765

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.