Source: AgriLife Today
The facility in the heart of Northeast Texas dairy country that once collected milk from hundreds of Holstein cows, is now a depository for knickknacks, scrap wood and metal, tools and idle equipment. Surrounding county roads are littered with similar remnants – abandoned dairy barns, empty drip sheds, exposed concrete slabs and silent stalls – from the region’s past as Texas’ top milk producing area.
Texas milk production continues to rise, said Dr. Ellen Jordan, state dairy specialist, Dallas. Dairy facilities increased production 9 percent in 2017, to more than 12 billion pounds of milk.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension continue to help Texas dairy producers around the state develop and implement technology and methods to improve animal welfare, fertility rates and nutrition, Jordan said.
It’s likely Texas will become a top-five milk producing state in the nation this year, she said, but where that milk is produced shifted dramatically over the past four decades.
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