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MILK is often presented in stories as a magical substance that can give youth, health, and even life itself.
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, bathed in donkey’s milk to stay youthful looking.
People of Western Europe put out saucers of milk for the house spirits to drink, protecting the house from bad spirits.
Milk sugar, milk fat, and milk protein are the 3 substances found in no other food but milk.
Cow's milk is mostly water - 87% - so it quenches your thirst. The other 13% is made up of 55 essential nutrients.
A typical full grown Holstein cow weighs about 1,400 pounds and produces 60 pounds
of milk per day.
One day's production is 2.6 pounds of butter, or 7 gallons of milk, or 6 pounds of
A dairy cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and concentrated feed,
and 35 pounds of hay or silage (a mixture of corn and grass) in just one
Okay, now that you know how many pounds of milk a cow produces in one
day, and how many gallons of milk a cow produces in one day, can you figure out how much a
gallon of milk weighs?
Just drag the right number to the answer line
- 1. How many million milk cows are there in the United States?________
- 2. How many stomachs does a cow have?_________
- 3. A good cow will give how many quarts of milk in a day?_____
- 4. How old does the average cow live to be?____
- 5. On average, how many quarts of ice cream does a person eat in a year?____
- 6. How many ounces are there in a cup of milk?____
- 7. On average, how many times do Americans eat per day?____
- 8. What's the normal body temperature?____
- 9. On average, how many sections are there in an orange?____
- 10. How much of the world is covered with water?____
- 11. What percentage of calcium in the body is in the bones?____
- 12. How many permanent teeth will you have?____
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For lots of interesting and fun facts about cows, milk, ice cream, and dairies, go to the USDA website Kids Corner. You might learn the answers to some of the questions there!