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N.D. dairy business gets milked dry

Published 04/27/2010, The Jamestown Sun

In the midst of what have been good years in agriculture generally this decade, the dairy business in North Dakota has nearly nose-dived. The number of dairy cows in the state is down 60 percent in the past 10 years alone, going from about 50,000 in 2000 to only 21,000 milking cows this month, falling 4,000 in just the past year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report Friday. That’s a far cry from the 700,000 dairy cows found in the state in 1934, according to USDA statistics. And no doubt the fewest since the 19th century.

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