United Dairymen of Arizona, the only milk marketing cooperative based in the state, has its roots in the contest between dairy and cotton for agricultural dominance in the early 1900's, by the 1930's, the state boasted 8,488 dairies averaging nine head, with the bulk of the herds located in central Arizona. Dairy associations formed to improve production, processing, marketing, and to impact dairy legislation. Two of these associations merged in 1960 to form the United Dairymen of Arizona: its mission was to combat problems resulting from a surplus of milk, low prices and unstable markets.
Today, the 68 active members of United Dairymen of Arizona own approximately 95 dairies in Arizona and eastern California. The 21st century finds UDA playing a vital role in the national dairy scene. Due to its agility as a production facility, its clear-sighted focus on its members' needs and market opportunities, and its fiscal conservatism, UDA ranks 13th of 134 dairy cooperatives and is 38th of the top 100 Dairy Companies.
Watch a video tour of UDA!
|Click here to learn more about UDA in this informing video tour of the United Dairymen facilities in Tempe, AZ. |
You will meet some of the talented people who work for UDA and see the important jobs they perform to provide Arizonans with the best possible dairy products.
UDA Member Dairies
- Family run operations
- Average 2000 milking head
- Employ professional nutritionists and veterinarians, as part of a team management approach.
- 95% Holsteins, 5% Jersey
- Approximately one-fifth raise feed crops in addition to dairying.