In 2008, Leprino Foods built first, expecting the cows – numbering 50,000 to 70,000 – to come. As milk prices dropped in 2009, little growth occurred in Weld County Colorado, home of Leprino Foods’ new Greeley plant, reported the Denver Post.
As of April 1, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service says 27,000 cows were added to Colorado’s rolls since January 1, 2010. Today, four large dairies are in development, and others are adding room for more cows or upgrading milking facilities, according to Tom Haren of AGPROfessionals, a full-service agricultural development company with offices in Colorado and Nevada.
About 90 percent of the state’s milk production surrounds Greeley, in four counties; Weld, Morgan, Larimer, and Adams. Greeley is about a one-hour drive from downtown Denver, but also just 30 miles from the city of Fort Collins, with over 150,000 people, and Loveland, population 70,000, both of which continue to grow.
Source: Denver Post