Irish Blessing

May there always be work
for your hands to do;

May your purse always
hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine
on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain
to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend
always be near you;

May God fill your heart
with gladness to cheer you

Arizona Dairy Facts

Milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is processed into more than 1.5 billion pounds of butter, more than 9.7 billion pounds of cheese, more than 1.5 billion pounds of nonfat dry milk, and nearly 1.5 billion pounds of ice cream.

Dairy herds in the United States are quite diverse. The average dairy herd in the United States has about 128 cows. Arizona has the largest dairies, averaging approximately 2000 cows, followed by California, which averages 824 cows; the remaining top five include New Mexico with an average of 814 cows, Idaho with 684 cows, and Washington with 313 cows.

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Milk - from Cow to You

Milk doesn’t stay on the farm... where milk goes, jobs follow.

Photo of Healthy Cows

It begins with cow comfort. Dairy cows must be healthy and well cared for in order to produce pure, wholesome milk.

Our milking machines deliver milk directly from the cows to a refrigerated holding tank to preserve freshness and safety.




The milk is then quickly transported to processing plants for continued freshness and safety.

Photo of Milk Tanker Truck

Ponderovey Dairy purchases machinery, trucks, fuel, and more from local companies, which generates jobs and income.

Our dairy creates jobs for people who grow and ship feed for our cows, as well as for veterinarians, insurance agents, accountants, bankers, and others.

Photo of Milk Truck

After milk leaves our farm, it travels by truck to a processor, where people make cheese, ice cream, butter, yogurt, and other dairy products.

Photo of Milk Products

Truckers, packaging manufacturers and food marketers complete the cycle by transporting and marketing the dairy products everyone loves. This means jobs in the transportation, distribution and retailer grocer industries.

Click here to open a colorful poster of how milk travels from cow to you.