What makes Kansas an ideal dairy location?
Dairy-friendly. It’s home to 29 large-scale dairies that are supported by abundant natural resources necessary to operate a successful dairy.
Wide-open spaces. Low population density, plenty of available land and low land prices makes locating in Kansas an attractive option.
Abundant water. The Ogallala Aquifer offers the largest underground water supply in the world. Existing water rights are available.
Plentiful feed supplies. Abundant corn, alfalfa, forage sorghum and distiller’s grains provide excellent feed availability.
Milk processors. The number of milk processing facilities in Kansas continues to grow with the milk supply.
Climate. Less than 20 inches of rain result in low humidity and open lots that stay dry. Temperatures are moderate, ranging from 44 in the winter to 94 in the summer.
Irrigated farmland. Irrigation provides a consistent supply of high-quality forage.
Affordable Land. Land is attractively priced. Kansas ranks competitively among major dairy states for affordability of farm real estate and cropland.
Heifer replacement. The existing livestock industry and growing number of heifer raising operations provide local and regional replacement heifer options.
Family friendly. Excellent schools and strong communities provide an exceptional location to foster the development of the next generation of dairymen and women.
Reasonable state environmental regulations. Regulations are straightforward. Regulatory staff work to make the permitting process easy as possible.
Local and state project assistance. The Western Kansas Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA) and individual economic development offices provide quick and easy assistance for all local, county and state programs. Communities are excited about dairies.