Dairy Demand Stays High As Farms Decline

Dairy Demand Stays High As Farms Decline

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Although the dairy industry faces challenges, demand remains at a 56-year high. According to the National Milk Producers Federation, last year's total dairy consumption was the highest since 1962 at 646 pounds per person,and cheese consumption per person has tripled since 1971.

Even so fluid milk consumption per person is down by ‘a quarter’ in the past two decades, and the number of U.S. dairy farmers declined almost 7-percent last year. But, butter makes its own comeback with its highest 'per person use' since 1968. Sales of margarine, the longest-established "plant-based" alternative, hit its lowest 'per-capita consumption' in 2010 since 1942.

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