Cool Cow Facts

Interesting Facts about Milk and Cows

  • It used to take a person 1 hour to milk 6 cows by hand. Today, a person can milk 100 cows in an hour with modern machines.
  • Before modern milk delivery, when people traveled and wanted milk, they had to take their cows with them.
  • The main breeds of dairy cows are Holstein, Guernsey, Jersey, Brown Swiss and Ayrshire.
  • There are about 11 million cows in America. They will make about 57.5 billion quarts of milk this year.
  • It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • It takes 21.2 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter.
  • Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor.
  • George Washington enjoyed ice cream so much he ran up a $200 ice cream bill one summer.
  • The milk mustache advertising campaign was launched in 1995.
  • Cows have an acute sense of smell – they can smell something up to 6 miles away!
  • The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from beta-carotene found in the grass the cows graze on.
  • An average dairy cow weighs about 1,400 pounds.
  • Milk is better for cooling your mouth after eating spicy food. Milk products contain casein, a protein that cleanses burning taste buds.
  • Most cows chew at least 50 times per minute.
  • There are approximately 340-350 squirts in a gallon of milk.
  • Cows drink 35 gallons of water a day — the equivalent of a bathtub full of water.
  • The milk bottle was invented in 1884. Plastic milk containers were introduced in 1964.
  • Average U.S. cow produces 53 lb of milk per day, or 6.2 gallons.
  • Average cow eats . . . 20 lb hay, 20 lb corn silage, 10-20 lb corn, 6-12 lb supplement (fortified with protein, energy, vitamins & minerals).
  • Consumer spending on dairy products is $74.6 billion dollars annually about 1.33% of personal income.
  • 12.27 % of the food dollar is spent on dairy products.
  • The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country. Maybe we should make ice cream the fifth food group.
  • It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone. Challenge your family to a Lick-a-Thon, and see who finishes first!
  • The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons. You can’t order that in an ice cream parlor!
  • In 2003, Portland, Oregon bought more ice cream per person than any other U.S. city. Looks like everyone else has a lot of catching up.
  • The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones.