NORTH DAKOTA

DAIRY INDUSTRY

6.5
GALLONS OF MILK PRODUCED PER COW EACH DAY
100
POUNDS OF FEED EATEN EACH DAY BY A DAIRY COW
DID YOU KNOW?

IT ONLY TAKES 48 HOURS FOR MILK TO TRAVEL FROM THE FARM TO YOUR HOME!

TERMINOLOGY

CALCIUM

A mineral that builds strong bones and teeth

BOVINE

A ruminant mammal belonging to the genus Bos which includes cattle

BULL

A male capable of reproduction

COW

Mature female that has produced a calf

CALF

Young male or female less than one year of age

STEER

Male that has been castrated before maturity, especially raised for beef

HEIFER

Young female over one year old that has not had a calf

LEARN MORE

Dairy cows provide 90% of the world’s milk supply. Average body temperature of a cow is 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A typical cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day. Cow’s knees cannot bend properly enough to walk downstairs. A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint, no two are the exact same. June is National Dairy Month.

TOP BREEDS IN ND

  1. HOLSTEIN
  2. BROWN SWISS
  3. JERSEY