Dairy Facts

School of thought

  1. A milking cow drinks about 30 – 50 gallons of water each day. This may double based on heat stress.
  2. Water weighs 8.35lbs/gal; a milking dairy cow may consume as much as 420lbs (or more) per day.
  3. Dry matter accounts for about 12% of the cows total nutrient intake while water accounts for about 88%
  4. A lactating cow will consume between 18 and 25 kg (100lbs) of dietary dry matter each day 
  5. Dairy cows spend about six (6) hours eating and eight (8) hours chewing their cuds per day.