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Milk Facts

Popular nutritional drink, the primary source of nutrition for young mammals

  • Whole milk and skim milk taste significantly different.
  • It takes 29 cups of milk to make 1 pound of butter.
  • A cow can't give milk until she has given birth to a calf.
  • The average cow produces 90 glasses of milk each day — or about 200,000 glasses of milk throughout her life.
  • A cow's udder can hold 25 - 50 pounds of milk.
  • Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.
  • Dairy cows provide over 90% of the entire planet's milk supply.
  • Milk costs more than gasoline in many areas of the United States.
  • Milk delivery to homes began in 1942.
  • Milk pasteurization, which began in the late 1800s, is partly responsible for curbing the tuberculosis epidemic of that time.
  • Milk was delivered in glass bottles until plastic containers were invented in 1964.
  • Milk as a drink probably first appeared in Afghanistan and Turkey.
  • Blue whale calves drink as much as 132 gallons of milk a day.
  • Early-lactation milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother's antibodies to the baby and can reduce the risk of many diseases in the baby.
  • 85 to 95% of milk is water.
  • Goat milk has more butterfat than cow milk.
  • Camels also produce milk.
  • Drinking milk is directly related to healthy bones.
  • Milk has carbohydrates, fat, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
  • In the United States, there are two grades of milk, with Grade A primarily used for direct sales and consumption in stores, and Grade B used for indirect consumption, such as in cheese making or other processing.
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