Dairy farms can be found in all 50 of the United States.
There are about 51,000 dairy farms in the U.S.
With 50, 500 or 5,000 cows, almost all dairy farms share one thing in common: they are family-owned and operated.
|Lad and Jack having a chat|
Milk is fresh and local. It typically takes two days to get from the farm to the grocery store.
Cows eat about 100 pounds of feed and drink 30-50 gallons of water each day.
|Garrett pets a cow while they're eating|
Cows get pedicures! It’s common for cows to have their hooves trimmed by a professional regularly. This keeps the cows comfortable and their hooves healthy.
Cows relax 12-13 hours each day. Most cows live in a barn that requires bedding and farmers use a variety of bedding material; sand, sawdust, mattresses or even waterbeds!
|We use sand bedding in this barn. We also use sawdust and straw for bedding.|
Milk’s been part of the American diet since the 1600’s! The first dairy cow arrived on the East Coast in the Jamestown Colony around 1611.
In 1856, Dr. Louis Pasteur discovered that heat killed bad germs. Today we use this process, called pasteurization, to make milk safe to drink.
Every single load of milk entering a processing plant in the U.S. is tested for quality before being unloaded.
Dairy makes eating healthy easy! An 8-ounce glass of milk contains nine essential nutrients and costs about 25 cents, providing more nutritional bang for your buck.
How much milk does it take to make (8.6 pounds = 1 gallon of milk);
Butter: 23 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter
Ice Cream: 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream
Cheese: 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese
Curious to learn more about dairy? Check out How Much Do You Know About Milk? Get the Secrets, Stories and Facts of America’s Favorite Natural Beverage.
Hope you enjoyed learning more about dairy! If you have questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.