Dairy Facts, Interesting and Delicious Information About Food:

A dairy is a business enterprise established for the harvesting or processing of animal milk - mostly from cows or goats, but also from buffaloes, sheep, horses, or camels - for human consumption.


Did you know that adding a pinch of salt to your quart or gallon of milk makes it stay fresh longer? Here are a few more dairy fun facts:

A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime. Cows eat about 100 pounds of food every day and drink 50 gallons of water.

To get the amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of milk, you'd have to eat one-fourth cup of broccoli, seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread. 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.