Facts You Didn't Know About Dairy

Indiana Dairy Farming

There’s a lot of knowledge that goes into every glass of milk produced in Indiana. Here are some of the most interesting facts about dairy farming in the Hoosier State as well as other parts of the country.


  1. Dairy cows can produce 128 glasses of milk per day.
  2. Cows can eat 100 lbs. of feed made with corn and soybeans daily.
  3. There are roughly 350 dairy cow udder "squirts" in a gallon of milk.
  4. Milk never gets off the truck if it tests positive for antibiotics. 
  5. Human hands never touch a dairy cow's milk during production. 
  6. Some cows sleep on comfy waterbeds.
  7. Some cows wear pedometers so farmers can monitor their activity.
  8. Dairy cows have their own personal nutritionists.
  9. Milking parlors are cleaned 2 or 3 times a day.
  10. Indiana ranks 2nd in ice cream production.
  11. An adult dairy cow drinks nearly a bathtub full of water every day.
  12. Dairy cows have 1 stomach with 4 compartments.
  13. Cows can smell things up to 6 miles away.
  14. A calf weighs 80 to 100 lbs. when it’s born.
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