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Discover NC Dairy

North Carolina is home to 45,000 milk cows, from the mountains to the coastal plain. Each of these cows produces over 21,000 pounds of milk every year, which translates into nearly 1 billion pounds.

Most North Carolina dairy farms are family-owned and operated. Some of these families have been farming for as many as seven generations!

Explore a modern dairy farm with our interactive map. Click on the dot by the name of each area of the farm to view a video about that area of the farm. You can zoom in and out by using the +/- buttons at the bottom left of the map. From the cows to the milking parlor — and everything in between — our videos offer a peek into all that goes into dairy farming. We also offer a list of the videos linked within the map.

Enjoy your tour!

Discover NC Dairy 360°

From inside the cab of a tractor to the heart of a milking parlor in action, our virtual 360° videos take you behind the scenes —  and into every corner —  of a modern dairy farm. Take the virtual tour.

NC State Dairy Research and Teaching Farm

The NC State Dairy Research and Teaching Farm is a 389-acre operation that supports a herd of 245 registered Holsteins and 55 registered Jerseys, an ideal mix to support dairy teaching, research and production.

Our farm evolved from the consolidation of four dairy units, the most recent being the Randleigh Museum, Education Center and Creamery, a gift from the Kenan family. Through cooperation with Dairy Records Management Systems, the largest dairy records processing center in the United States, the farm has improved herd management and increased support for research and teaching programs.

Want to Know More? Contact Us.

We’re glad to answer your questions about the NC dairy industry.

Shannon Davidson
Dairy Extension Associate, Animal Science

Brittany Whitmire
Dairy Extension Associate, Agricultural and Resource Economics