U.S. consumer demand for milk and dairy products peaked back in the 1940s and declined quite a bit through the 1950s and 1960s, according to Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “But since the 1970s, we’ve been clawing our way back up.”

Domestic demand has been good, Stephenson noted during a Professional Dairy Producers Dairy Signal webinar held March 22. Per capita consumption of all dairy products is at an all-time high, he said.

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