June is Dairy Month!

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Just for fun….

How much do you know about the dairy industry?

We gathered some fun facts, with the help of the American Dairy Association Mideast, to share what most readers aren’t aware. Enjoy!

*About 73 percent of calcium available in the food supply is provided by milk and milk products.

*Milk is paced with essential nutrients, including protein, calcium and vitamin D.

*Chocolate milk’s combination of fluids, carbs and protein helps rehydrate and refuel muscles after a workout.

*It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

21.2 pounds to make one pound of butter

10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.

*The average cow produces eight gallons of milk per day. That’s over 100 glasses of milk!

*Cows are milked two-to-three times per day.

*It takes only five to seven minutes for a cow to be milked.

*Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream.

*Cheddar is the most popular natural cheese in the United States.

*The first cow arrived in America in Jamestown in 1611. Until the 1950s, nearly every family had its own cow.

*95 percent of all dairy farms are family-owned and operated.

*Milk arrives at the local grocery stores within 48 hours of leaving the farm.

*Cows drink 30-50 gallons of water each day. That’s equal to about a bathtub full of water!

*Cows eat about 100 pounds of feed per day, which is like eating 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

*A cow has one stomach with four compartments.

*Cows have 32 teeth total, but they do not have top front teeth. Instead, they have a tough pad.

*A cow’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees. They prefer temperatures to be between 40-65 degrees.

*Cows cannot sweat – they lose heat through their breath.

*Cows are pregnant for nine months…. just like humans.

*Cows have an acute sense of smell. They can smell up to six miles away!

*You can lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs. Their knees don’t bend properly to walk downstairs.

*Cows spend 30 minutes drinking, three-to-five hours eating and 12-14 hours resting each day.

The scientific term for “brain freeze” is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. But you can keep calling it brain freeze (or frozen headache) when you eat ice cream.

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