Farm Facts: Milk and Dairy
Did you know that people crave cheese more than any other food? Here are some other farm facts about milk and other dairy products, cows and dairy farms:
• Tennessee’s top agricultural products include dairy products.
• 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.
• Mayfield Dairy headquarters are located in Athens, Tennessee, and Purity Dairies are headquartered in Nashville.