Dairy Fun Facts


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June is national Dairy Month. So, in honor of those hard working dairy farmers, here’s a little quiz to see how much you know about dairy stuff. Ready? Go.

 There are six breeds of dairy cows.  Everybody knows about Holsteins, can you name three more?

A milking dairy cow will eat 100 pounds of feed and drink 30-50 gallons of water each day.  Do you know how much milk she will produce?

Why was the milkman invented?

How many new dairy products are introduced every year:  10, 100, or 1,000?

Do you have your answers?  Or, are you just waiting for me to give them to you?  Either way, here they are:

 Besides Holsteins, there are Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys and Milking Shorthorns.  There are also the Red and Whites, which are a variety of Holsteins, only not
black and white.

A dairy cow will produce 7-9 gallons of milk per day.  Think of it…9 gallons each day!  No wonder she eats and drinks a lot!

Home delivery of milk by the milkmen started in 1942 as a rationing practice during World War II.

There are 1,000 new dairy products invented every year.  Last year there were new flavors of candy bars and ice cream, cheese that is made for grilling, and squeezable yogurt.  Last year, one of the new inventions was ice cream that was supposed to help people sleep better!  

See, you thought you knew a lot about dairy stuff, but now you know even more!  Even so, the most important thing to remember is how hard dairy farmers work.  So for National Dairy Month, eat some dairy if you’re not allergic to it, and thank a dairy person.  When they get done milking, they’ll
appreciate it.

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