Georgia's Dairy Industry


  • Georgia currently has 112 dairy farms and is home to over 81,000 dairy cows.

  • Each Georgia dairy cow has an economic impact of $12,666*.

  • Georgia dairy industry contributes close to $1.03 Billion to Georgia’s economy each year.

  • A typical Georgia farm has a herd of 623 dairy cows.

  • The total amount of milk produced in the state during 2021 amounted to 206 million pounds (or 1.8 billion pounds of milk).

  • Georgia has 3 commercial milk processing plants located in BacontonAtlanta and Lawrenceville.

  • From 2008 to 2020, Georgia increased milk production by 26.6 percent. Milk production in the Southeast is becoming more concentrated in the states of Florida and Georgia. 

  • Top 6 ranking dairy counties in 2020 by farm gate value:

1. Burke            4. Sumter

         2. Macon           5. Morgan

3. Brooks           6. Putnam 

*2020 preliminary estimate, including farm-level production plus fluid milk manufacturing, downstream effects (aka indirect effects), plus any spending from households employed in these industries (aka induced effects).

Relocating to Georgia?

Relocating or building a new dairy farm in Georgia? Download our Georgia Dairy Industry Information Packet Here.