Did you know that adding a pinch of salt to your quart or gallon of milk makes it stay fresh longer? Here are a few more dairy fun facts:
- A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Cows eat about 100 pounds of food every day and drink 50 gallons of water.
- To get the amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of milk, you’d have to eat one-fourth cup of broccoli, seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread.
- Farmers measure milk in pounds, not gallons.
- A cow will produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day. That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year!
- U.S. dairy farms produce roughly 21 billion gallons of milk annually.
- The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk a year.
- June is official National Dairy Month.
- The greatest amount of milk produced in one year was 59,298 pounds by a Holstein cow named Robthom Sue Paddy.
- On a dairy farm, a farmer’s day begins and ends with milking the cows.
- Fresh milk will stay fresher longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart.
- A cow is more valuable for its milk, cheese, butter and yogurt than for its beef.
- Home delivery of milk (i.e. the milkman) started in 1942 as a war conservation measure.
- More than 1,000 new dairy products are introduced each year.