Yogurt, cheese, ice cream — countless tasty treats can trace their roots to the common dairy cow. In fact, America needs 65,000 farms to satisfy its demand for milk-based products. Consider these udderly surprising stats about the dairy industry.

9,000,000

Number of dairy cows in the U.S.

100

Average number of miles milk travels from farm to grocery store

20 billion

Profit in dollars that Nestlé makes each year as the world’s leading dairy company

1

Years required to convert a traditional dairy farm to certified organic

18

Percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions that come from livestock

3.5

Percentage of dairy products sold in the US that are certified organic

54

Average number of pounds of cheese that a French person eats in a year

26.4

Percentage of total U.S. cheese production that takes place in Wisconsin

21 Billion

Gallons of milk U.S. dairy farms produce each year

1884

Year milk bottle was invented

150

Number of cloned cows in the U.S.

25

Average percentage US organic milk sales are growing each year

225

Number of “Got Milk” print ads since the campaign’s debut in 1995

1940

Year first Dairy Queen opened 

30

Average number of pounds of cheese an American eats in a year 

340

Number of udder squirts needed to fill one milk pail

3.7

Percentage of U.S. dairy farms that produce half of the nation’s milk supply

This article originally appeared in Plenty in February 2008. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2008