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Indiana State Board of Animal Health

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Indiana dairy farms are inspected and granted permits by the Dairy Division at the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH). 

Northern Indiana houses the majority of Indiana's 1200 Grade A farms and 120 manufactured grade farms (sometimes referred to as Grade B).   

Dairy Farm Numbers by County 

The Dairy Division has field inspectors located throughout the state that are responsible for conducting routine inspections of these farms.  Dairy farms are required to be inspected a minimum of every six months, while most are inspected more frequently, if needed. 

Inspector Area Map.

The average family farm, milking between 100-200 cows, makes up the largest of Indiana dairies.  Several major production farms, using the carousel system to milk 1,000-2,000 or more cows, makes up a smaller portion of the dairies in Indiana.  Currently, six dairies are using robotic milkers to milk their cows.  However, Indiana still has several manufactured grade farms using milk cans for milk storage rather than bulk tanks or silos. 

Ten Indiana dairy farms or farmstead operations, process their own milk in their own approved and licensed dairy products processing facility.  Some operate as Grade A and some process as manufactured grade.

While most dairies in Indiana are composed of dairy cattle, some dairies milk goats while selling both grade A and manufactured grade milk. 

Regulations vary between Grade A and manufactured grade, but regardless of size all farms receive the same level of inspection by BOAH staff to ensure that the milking practices are safe.