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Dairy Nutrition and Sustainability

UConn Extension received funding from the Connecticut Milk Promotion Board to promote dairy nutrition outreach and sustainability.


Dairy Farm Sustainability

Fun Facts About Dairy

Don’t Forget the Cheese!

Quick Recipes with Dairy

Holstein cow in the field at UConn's Horsebarn Hill

Dairy cows along Horsebarn Hill on June 22, 2016. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Fun Facts About Milk

  • The average cow produces 8 gallons of milk per day, that’s over 100 glasses of milk!
  • Cows spend 30 minutes drinking, 3-5 hours eating and 12-14 hours resting each day. It only takes about 5-7 minutes for a cow to be milked and they are milked 2-3 times per day.
  • It takes... 
    • » 12 pounds of whole milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream. 
    • » 21.2 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of butter. 
    • » 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese
  • 95% of U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated.
  • Milk arrives at your local grocery store within 48 hours of leaving the farm.
  • A Holstein’s spots are like fingerprints—no two cows have exactly the same pattern of black and white spots
  • Dairy farmers live and work on their farms, so it’s important for them to protect the land, water and air for their families, their communities and future generations.
  • Healthy soil is essential for nutritious food and clean water. Farmers are adopting soil-building practices, such as covering their fields with plants all year long, and many use apps on their smartphones to precisely track the amount of nitrogen that is applied to their fields in manure or fertilizer. That way, they only use exactly what the plants can use, ensuring these nutrients stay in the ground.

Project Leader

Stacey Stearns

Funding Acknowledgement

Funding for this project was made possible by the Connecticut Milk Promotion Board and UConn Extension. Special thanks to the UConn Department of Animal Science, UConn Department of Nutritional Sciences, and UConn Recreation for use of their facilities while filming.

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