By the start of June Dairy Month in 2013, Wisconsin's total of dairy herds licensed to ship milk to the commercial market had dipped below 11,000.
According to the report by the Division of Food Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the state had 10,853 licensed milk-shipping dairy herds as of June 1. On June 1 of 2012, the state had 11,518 licensed dairy herds.
The total for June 1 of this year included 9,443 Grade A shippers and 1,410 on Grade B - 800 with bulk tanks and 610 shipping milk in cans. Clark County continued to lead the way with 908 dairy herds, followed by Marathon County with 605, Grant County with 425, and Vernon County with 403.
Other counties in the top 10 were Chippewa with 344, Monroe with 337, Shawano with 335, Dodge with 300, Dane with 295, and Fond du Lac and Green with 274 each.
Menominee and Oneida counties do not have any licensed dairy herd. Forest County has one, Milwaukee County has three, and Florence County has four.