Cow Facts

Are you thirsty?
A cow drinks about a bathtub full of water every day.

What did you eat today?
A single cow eats about 40 pounds of food each day.

Did you drink a glass of milk today?
A good cow gives 400 glasses of milk per day. That is 25 gallons of milk per day.

What is the highest number you can count to?
It would take a long time to count all the milk cows in the United States. There are 9,200,311 milk cows in the U.S.A.

Where do all the milk cows live?
They live on 110,000 dairy farms, and 99% of those dairy farms are family owned and operated.

How many gallons of milk can fit in your refrigerator?
The average cow in the United States gives about 2,000 gallons of milk per year.

How old are you?
The average cow is 2 years old when she has her first baby called a calf. The baby calf will drink milk until it is 9 weeks old, then it will start eating grass and other solid foods, and drinking a lot of water. Their mother continues to produce milk so that we can have milk to drink.

How much do you weigh?
The average Holstein milk cow weighs one thousand four hundred pounds.

What color is your hair?
Holstein milk cows are black and white (like Moozie) and each cow has its own unique pattern.

How many teeth do you have?
Cows have 32 teeth. They have six molars on the top and six on the bottom of each side of their mouth. They have eight incisors on the bottom front. They don’t have any front teeth on the top; instead they have a tough pad of skin on the top front.

What foods are made from milk?
Cottage cheese, cheese, butter, yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, ice cream, whipping cream and chocolate milk.


History of cows and milk

The first cow in America arrived at the Jamestown colony in 1611.

Until around the year 1850, nearly every family had its own cow.

The first regular shipment of milk by railroad happened in 1841. The first shipment was between Orange County, New York, and New York City.

In 1856, Gail Borden invented the condensed milk process. This process removed some of the water from milk so it would take up less space.

Before milking machines were invented, farmers could milk about 6 cows per hour. Today a farmer using a milking machine can milk more than 100 cows per hour.

Cows are milked for an average of three to four years.