Milk Cows

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During the early days of settlement in Ohio, farmers found it very difficult to control and keep dairy cattle. Also for many years, a disease called "milk sickness" was a serious problem in Ohio.

Recent Changes in Milk Cow Inventory (Count)

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Year Number of Cows
19471,100,000
1955900,000
1965600,000
1975400,000
1985400,000
1995300,000

In 1992, approximately 7,000 Ohio farms had a total of about 295,000 head of milk cows. The top eight counties had approximate totals of:

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County Number of Cows
Wayne32,000
Mercer19,000
Holmes17,000
Columbiana10,500
Ashtabula10,100
Stark10,000
Tuscarawas10,000
Ashland11,000