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