Texas Panhandle milk production third in nationTexas Panhandle milk production third in nationhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=45022014-04-04T12:34:00Z2014-04-03T00:00:00Z

TEXAS PANHANDLE - During the past decade, the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico milk shed has become the third largest milk-producing area in the nation.

The Panhandle has always been an agricultural production area. "People here accept and understand production agriculture," said David Anderson of Texas A&M University.

"The infrastructure was already here because of the cattle feeders, the climate is great for cows, producers were able to buy land and the permitting process was not overly burdensome," said Anderson.

The Southern climate and recent processor growth in the area are two big advantages and Texas dairy producers tend to be progressive.

While fluid milk consumpĀ­tion might be declining, total milk products consumed is climbing with cheese, yogurt, whey proteins and other milk products.

Consumers in other countries now have the income to upgrade their diets, and the stage is set for higher dairy demand globally. Texas dairy producers and processors have lots of room to grow and help meet this market.

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