NMSU Dairy Extension
Welcome to the NMSU Dairy Extension Program
Providing information, technology and sound science to and regarding the dairy industry in New Mexico.
NMSU Dairy Extension provides dairy employees with training on diagnosing and handling of sick animals.
USDETC Students Peter Coenen and Parker Byington perform a Total Mixed Rations audit during a dairy visit.
USDETC students during the section on milking parlor performance conduct a milking routine evaluation.
Students attending the 2015 US Dairy Education and Training Consortium program in Clovis NM.
Dr. Mike Hutjens instructs body condition scoring during the Dairy Consortium Nutrition week.
Drs. Tomaszewski and Hagevoort with NMSU student Lauren Schlothauer during the 2015 USDETC graduation.
Dairy Safety instructions for dairy employees applying mobile technology using iPads on a dairy in Eastern New Mexico.
Field Day 2015 at the NMSU Ag Science Center in Clovis, NM.
KEEP CALM and be a Black & White Beach Bum!
Importance of the New Mexico Dairy Industry
The State of the Dairy Industry in New Mexico (as compared to 2000): 15 years of dairying in New Mexico:
The dairy industry in New Mexico barely survived the two worst years in dairy history (2009 and 2012), and only because these two years were followed by a good year in 2011 and in 2014. Still the net rate of return over 15 years of production for the average NM dairy farmer was -$0.10 per cwt. of milk produced. Continued consolidation are the two keywords describing the dynamics playing out in the industry. Over the last decennium dairy farm numbers across the US have continued to decline (-32%) as well as in New Mexico (-24%). Dairy cow numbers are not nearly as sensitive to these changes, indicating consolidation across the sector. Milk production continues to improve (+18%), a great story of efficiency and sustainability by farmers producing more milk with less inputs! New Mexico remains the number one State in production per cow because dairy cows truly enjoy the dry Southwestern climate! Cows typically enjoy a cool afternoon breeze on hot summer days resting comfortably under the shades, while dissipating the heat accumulated during the cool nights. In turn, the winters are relatively mild compared to other key dairy production areas of the US. New Mexico is the first State where production per cow has broken the 25,000 lbs record due to great cow comfort and care, combined with excellent nutrition and forage quality.
(Updated September 2015)
|Direct Economic Impact to the New Mexico Economy (2013)
|Portion of Gross Receipts of NM or US Economy
|Dairy Receipts as a % of NM Total Farm Receipts (2013)
|Beef Receipts as a % of NM Total Farm Receipts (2013)
|Total Employment Generation in NM (2013)
|Labor income generated (2013)
|Southwest Contribution to US (TX, NM & AZ)
||3rd largest dairy shed in the country
||6.6% of US
||5th in the US
|Number of Cows per Dairy (2014)
||1st in the US
|Contribution to National Milk Production
||9th in the US
|Number of Milking Cows ( Jul 2015)
||down 12% from Aug 2006
|Milk Produced (2014)
||8.1 billion lbs
||up 18% from 2006
|Milk productivity per cow
||1st in the US
|Number of Dairy Operations in NM (Jul 2015)
||145 Dairy Farms
||Down 24% from 2003
|Top 3 counties in NM (Curry, Chaves & Roosevelt)
||Produce 77% of NM Milk