On The Farm

Florida Dairy Facts

 

  • Most of the dairy cows living in Florida are Holsteins (the black and white cows).

  • Lafayette and Okeechobee are Florida’s leading dairy counties.

  • Most Florida dairy herds range in size from 150 cows to 5,000 cows.

  • The state’s more than 130 dairy farms are primarily owned and operated by second and third-generation farmers.

  • Florida dairy farmers recycle about 170,000 tons of byproducts such as citrus pulp, brewers’ grain and whole cottonseed that are consumed by the cows instead of ending up in landfills.

  • There are about 123,000 dairy cows in Florida that collectively produce about 2.34 billion pounds of milk a year.

  • The total represents 277 million gallons of Florida-produced milk in the grocery store.

  • Each Florida dairy cow produces about 6-8 gallons of milk each day and is milked 2-3 times per day.

  • Milk has played an important role in America’s history since 1611 when the first cows were brought to Jamestown, Virgina.

  • The average dairy cow weighs 1,400 pounds, which is about the same size of a mature male polar bear.

  • Cows chew their cud at least 50 times per minute.

  • Cows can go up stairs, but not down stairs.

  • According to ancient records passed down through the centuries, the making of cheese dates back more than 4,000 years.

  • One gallon of milk is approximately 345 squirts of a cow’s udder.

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Florida Dairy Farmers
1003 Orienta Avenue
Altamonte Springs, Florida, 32701
Phone: (407) 647-8899