Shaw Dairy, Dracut
Dairy farming has been a part of Massachusetts agriculture ever since the early settlers brought cows to Plymouth in 1624. Then, dairy products were primarily made for home use. However, with the movement of populations from the farm to the cities at the turn of the century, it became necessary to improve the quality of milk and make it a commercially viable product. The dairy industry has evolved throughout the years with the development and changes in technology, transportation and public policy.
Dairy farming is essential to the vitality and diversity of Massachusetts agriculture and is part of our cultural tradition. Dairy farming maintains 113,600 acres of open space and land preservation which enhances a beautiful working landscape available for recreation, wildlife habitats and scenery; and dairy farming circulates approximately $40 million to a local economy. Dairy farmers and their cows work hard every day to produce roughly 246 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, wholesome milk which is used to make delicious products like cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, and butter. Many Massachusetts dairy farms utilize innovative “green” farming practices and support energy efficiencies on their farms. Visit a dairy farm today!