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  • Approximately 98% of all dairy farms in BC are family owned and operated.
  • The average dairy farm in BC has 120 milking cows.
  • On any dairy farm, there are cows to milk 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 their stalls 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.

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  • Hi Marianne, Here are some resources and information to answer your questions: 1) Check out The Truth about Canadian Milk at: http://bit.ly/9UEguF 2) CCP information for We... more
    Hi Marianne, Here are some resources and information to answer your questions: 1) Check out The Truth about Canadian Milk at: http://bit.ly/9UEguF 2) CCP information for Western Canada can be found here: http://bit.ly/OoBEHU You'll see that we only permit very low levels (a maximum of 400,000 CCI). In the US it's up to 750,000. BC has had the lowest values running for the past nine years too! 3) No growth hormones are permitted for use in dairy animals. 4) Every load of milk in Canada is tested to ensure it is free of antibiotics. We hope that helps! less
  • looking for info on Canadian milk verses US milk... SCC levels, hormone injections, testing etc - want to show others how much more "healthy" canadian milk is.

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