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The Dairy Division permits and inspects the dairy farms in Indiana. Approximately 1350 grade A farms and approximately 300 manufactured-grade farms. The division is also responsible for the permitting and inspection of dairy processing facilities in the state, which include milk, cottage cheese, ice cream, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc. Approximately 50 different processing facilities in Indiana make manufactured or Grade A products. Indiana is one of the largest manufacturers of ice cream in the United States.
The bulk of our dairy farms are located in northern Indiana which include a variety of farms. Most of the farms in Indiana are made up of the average family dairy farm, milking 100 to 200 cows. Indiana also has manufactured-grade farms using milk cans and those that have the most modern set ups with carousel milking systems and even robots.
Indiana has some of the most modern dairy processing plants in the country that use aseptic and ultra-high temperature (UHT) processes.
Dairy processing facilities can vary widely in size, capacity, distribution areas and product lines.