All About Dairy



Cows are fascinating if I do say so mooself!

In Moo Zealand, us cows play a very important role in the dairy industry because we are the animals that make the milk that you drink!

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Did moo know…

  • There are 4.8 million milking cows in Moo Zealand!
  • Cows live in groups called herds - the average herd size for a Moo Zealand farm is 414.
  • The average dairy farm size is 147ha (1ha is about the same size as an international rugby field).
  • The North Island has most of the New Zealand dairy herds, 73% of them.
  • The South Island has 27% of New Zealand's dairy herds.
  • The Waikato Region has the most herds in the Moo Zealand with 33% of dairy cows living there.

Want to know some more fun facts about cows…

  • Cows drink around 70 litres of water a day.
  • Cows can eat between 70kg of grass a day.
  • Cows don't bite grass; instead, they curl their tongue around it to pull it from the ground.
  • The average cow chews at least 50 times per minute.
  • Cows can eat food like grass that is hard to digest because of their special digestive system that has four stomach compartments.
  • Cows swallow grass, burp it up and swallow it again; it's called chewing their cud.
  • On average, a cow will spend 8 hours eating, 8 hours chewing her cud and 8 hours sleeping every day.

Watch the moovie below to find out even more!

Watch my 'Grass to Glass' moovie to find out heaps more about cows!