Fascinating facts about British dairy

Dairy cows… you might see them when you are out walking in the countryside or on your drive to work, but how much do you actually know about the cows that produce your favourite dairy products?

_45843Here are some interesting facts about the animals that produce your milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice cream.

  • Milk is 90% water and helps to rehydrate the body
  • Cows lie down for 14 hours a day
  • Cows can’t sleep standing up
  • Cows eat up to 50kg of food a day
  • Cows can drink up to a bath tub of water a day or 60 litres
  • Cows have their favourite companions – just like us!


  • The typical black and white dairy cow represents almost 90% of the UK dairy herd
  • It takes a cow between 50 and 70 hours to turn grass into milk
  • The average person in the UK drinks 144 pints of milk a year
  • The average tea maker can make 20 cups of tea from 1 pint of milk
  • On average, a cow produces 39 pints of milk a day
  • It used to take a person 1 hour to milk 6 cows by hand – today we can milk 100 cows an hour with the use of robotic milking
  • There British dairy industry provides jobs for 80,000 people
  • The British dairy industry is worth £6 billion to the UK


  • 98% of people regularly consume dairy products
  • There are 1.84 million dairy cows in the UK
  • What do humans and cows have in common? … They all have 32 teeth!
  • British dairy farmers could fill 78 million bath tubs with the milk they produce every year
  • 5 billion litres of milk is sold for drinking each year – that’s enough to fill 2000 Olympic swimming pools or if we were to drink a glass of milk a day for 54 million years

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Last edited: 06 June 2019 at 11:07

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