A new study shows that each $1 of farm milk sales in
The study was conducted by J/D/G Consulting, Inc., an independent research firm in
The study predicts continued strong growth in the
Other highlights from the study that underscore the growth of the
's total milk production has increased every year since 1985 and reached 36.4 billion pounds in 2004. California
Between 1985 and 2004,
cheese production increased four-fold and milk production has more than doubled. California
The number of milk cows in
has increased from 1.041 million in 1985 to 1.725 million in 2004. During this same period, the national herd shrunk by nearly 2 million cows to 9.01 million. California
During the past 18 years, cheese production in
Californiahas increased at an average annual rate of 9 percent, three times faster than overall cheese production. U.S.
cheese production reached 1.99 billion pounds in 2004, double the 973 million pounds produced in 1995. California
's steady increase in cheese production reflects growing national demand. California per capita cheese consumption increased by 39 percent from 1985 to 2004, growing from 22.5 pounds to 31.2 pounds, and is projected to reach 36.5 pounds by 2015. U.S.