- Approximately 98% of all dairy farms in BC are family owned and operated.
- The average dairy farm in BC has 135 milking cows.
- On any dairy farm, cows are milked and cared for 365 days of the year, including Christmas day, weekends, and public holidays.
- Extensive quality checks and testing unique to the dairy industry ensure that BC consumers can always purchase high quality, safe and nutritious dairy products.
- Dairy farming involves a broad range of skills, from good business and financial skills, to caring for animals, to working with machinery, and growing and harvesting crops.
- Dairy farmers work long hours and days off are rare.
- Cows spend about 10 hours a day eating, 8 hours a day lying down and 6 hours a day on their feet, being milked, walking around and socializing with their herd mates.
- Some cows enjoy music in the milking parlour while they are getting milked.
- All mammals produce milk, including water buffalo, goats, sheep, horses, reindeer and camels.
- All dairy cows are female! Males are called bulls.
- A cow weighs between 600 – 750 kg (1400-1600 lbs) which is the size of approximately 8 grown men.
- A cow produces nearly 9500 litres of milk per year in BC.
May 6, 2021
The Stobbe family heat their milking parlour and their home sustainably by harnessing heat from the milk they produce on their farm in the Shuswap region of BC Abe and AJ Stobbe, dairy farmers in Mara, BC standing in front of the geothermal heat exchange system that heats their milking parlour and their homes What […]Read more