The Virginia Dairymen's Association says the number of dairy cows in Virginia dropped from 119,000 to 110,000 during the past year. That's the largest year-to-year decline for a top 20 milk producing state.
Many dairy farmers are also leaving the business because of bad economic factors, but some say it's just to hard for younger farmers to get started in the business.
Former dairy farmer George Wenger says "It's very hard for young people to get enough money to start, equip, and operate a dairy farm."
Wenger says the business of dairy farming is changing so dramatically that at some point, family owned farms won't even exist in Rockingham County.