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!
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!