This statistic depicts the ten top dairy producing U.S. states by number of milk cows from 2014 to 2016. For the past 3 years, California was rank number 1 with almost 1.8 million milk cows followed closely by Wisconsin with almost 1.3 million milk cows.
There is a slight decrease of number milk cows for New Mexico from year 2014 to 2016 whereas the number of milk cows is increasing for Idaho, Michigan and Washington from year 2014 - 2016. Overall, the number of dairy cows seemed to be pretty consistent for the top 10 states in U.S. This trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.