Dairy Facts

Read below for some interesting facts about milk and its products.

• Milk is a rich source of calcium, protein and Vitamin D.

• Skim milk contains 316 mg of calcium per serving.

• The fat in cheese helps prevent cavities.

• All 50 states in the United States have dairy farms.

• The average cow produces 55 pounds of milk everyday.

• The average weight of a cow is 1400 pounds and consumes about 50 pounds of dry
matter every day.

• A typical cows drinks around 30-50 gallons of water everyday.

• To make one pound of butter you need 21 pounds of whole milk.

• Butter owes its yellow color to the beta-carotene present in the grass they eat. It is an
organic compound that is abundantly present in fruits and plants.

• To make one gallon of ice cream you need 12 pounds of whole milk.

• Vanilla is the most popular ice-cream in the United States.

• Some of the biggest ice cream producing states in the United States include Indiana,
Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Minnesota.

• Nearly 300 varieties of cheese are sold in the United States.

• Cheddar is the most widely consumed cheese in the United States.

• Cows cannot vomit.

• A cow cannot bend its knees.

• Cows have 32 pairs of teeth but they are all located on the bottom.

• As contrary to popular belief cows have four digestive compartments and not four
stomachs.

• Cows have a strong olfactory sense and can smell up to 6 miles.

• Dairy cows can produce 125 lbs of saliva a day.

• 46 pizza slices are eaten by an American per year.

• The total number of cows needed to produce Pizza Hut cheese (nearly 170,000) is more
than the number of people residing in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area.

June Milk Production Up 1.4 Percent
US - Milk production in the 23 major States during June totaled 15.4 billion pounds, up 1.4 per cent from June 2010. May revised production at 16.1 billion pounds, was up 1.6 per cent from May 2010.
Students make allied industry connections through NMSU’s dairy...
CLOVIS, N.M. – When Merel Rodenburg first attended New Mexico State University’s Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in Clovis in 2010, she expected to get some real technical book knowledge to supplement her studies in animal production. What the University of Arizona senior didn’t expect was the intensive hands-on experience she would get – as well as the industry professionals she would connect with.