The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protect reports the state lost 500 dairy farms last year.  That continues a trend dating back several decades.  Wisconsin currently has a little over 88-hundred licensed dairy herds now.  The reduction in the number of farms comes at a time dairy production is actually increasing.  That is an indicator commercial dairy operations are expanding.  Market conditions make it increasingly difficult for small dairy farms to remain profitable.  In many cases, they are moving into specialty fields.