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.
Number of dairy cows in the U.S.
Average number of miles milk travels from farm to grocery store
Profit in dollars that Nestlé makes each year as the world’s leading dairy company
Years required to convert a traditional dairy farm to certified organic
Percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions that come from livestock
Percentage of dairy products sold in the US that are certified organic
Average number of pounds of cheese that a French person eats in a year
Percentage of total U.S. cheese production that takes place in Wisconsin
Gallons of milk U.S. dairy farms produce each year
Year milk bottle was invented
Number of cloned cows in the U.S.
Average percentage US organic milk sales are growing each year
Number of “Got Milk” print ads since the campaign’s debut in 1995
Year first Dairy Queen opened
Average number of pounds of cheese an American eats in a year
Number of udder squirts needed to fill one milk pail
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.