The Average Cow Weighs... Cow Trivia from Shatto Dairy

The Average Cow Weighs... Cow Trivia from Shatto Dairy

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Faith Durand
Aug 28, 2008
Know your milk! (And cream...) Do you know how much milk the average cow gives in a day? How about how much the average cow weighs? Find out below - these answers plus more dairy trivia from our recent tour of Shatto Dairy. Did you know? • The average cow weighs 1400 pounds. • Cows produce 90% of the world's milk. The other 10% comes from milking water buffaloes, camels, goats, sheep, horses and reindeer. • A cow's spots are like their fingerprints. No two cows have the same pattern. • Cows are milked 310 days out of the year. The other two months they get "maternity leave" to save their strength for the birthing process of new calves. • Just like humans, cows can not be milked until they have had a baby. • A cow typically gives birth to it's first calf at 2 years of age and their gestation period is 9 months... just like humans. • Until they give birth for the first time, the animals are technically called heifers. Once they have birthed a calf, they are then a "cow." • An average cow produces 6 to 7 gallons of milk per day. Good milk and cream make good ice cream - we love finding good local milk! Any more local milk suggestions or other agricultural trivia to share? Related: Good Milk: Snowville Creamery (Images: Sarahrae)
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