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Montpelier Cows

A few facts about cows, milk and Vermont:

 

"Vermont's Dairy Farmers are Busy!

 

Sales from milk totaled $418 million, or 75 percent of the Vermont total cash receipts, and 20 percent of New England's 2001 cash receipts total.

 

There were 148,000 milk cows on Vermont farms in August, 2003. Each cow produces on average about 17,431 pounds of milk every year.

 

In Vermont, there are 617,000 acres of crop land, and roughly 380,000 of that is managed by dairy farmers. Vermont farmers plant 90,000 acres of field corn.

 

In June of 2003, New England as a total produced 2,645,000 pounds of butter, 6,636,000 pounds of mozzarella cheese, 4,605,000 pounds of cheddar, Colby, Monterey and Jack type cheeses, and 690,000 pounds of cottage cheese, and 8,886,000 gallons of ice cream!

 

People were making cheese at least 4000 years before Christ. That would be 6000 years ago."

 

source: www.vermontdairy.com/dairy_industry/facts

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Taken on March 14, 2009