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.