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It starts with land, crops, water,...

Dairy farmers are stewards of the land. They recycle their cows’ manure and turn it into something valuable for the environment – fertilizer. Crops use the valuable organic nutrients found in the fertilizer and it allows farmers to use less water and keep the soil healthy.

raindropDairy farmers depend on water for their cows – an adult cow drinks nearly a bathtub full of water each day. The water used on the farm is recycled several times a day, from cooling milk before it goes into the bulk tank, to washing the barn, to irrigating crops.

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...caring and feeding of cows.

Cows are the most important part of a dairy farm – dairy farmers are sure to provide the right amount of nutritious food, plenty of fresh, clean water and comfortable bedding for cows to relax on.

cornA dairy cow eats 100 pounds of hay, grain, soybean meal, corn and other crops each day.

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Then, the cows are milked and milk is transported

Cows are milked at least twice a day by machines. Milk is pumped into a large storage tank on the farm and quickly cooled to keep it fresh. It is also tested to make sure it is safe. Fresh milk is driven from a farm to a local dairy processing plant in a truck.

thermometerThe trucks that transport the milk are insulated and keep the milk chilled during transportation.

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Once at a dairy processing plant, milk is pasteurized and packaged.

At the processing plant, the milk is tested for safety, then pasteurized and packaged as fluid milk, cheese, yogurt or other dairy products.

thumbs upMilk and dairy products undergo numerous safety, quality and sanitation checks, making them among the most highly-regulated and safest foods.

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Packaged milk is then delivered to the grocery stores for your home.

Much of the milk delivered to the grocery store was at the farm just two days before.

glass of milkMilk is 87% water and 13% solids. It contains important nutrients, including calcium, Vitamin D, potassium and high-quality, easy-to-digest protein. Let milk be part of your daily diet and enjoy it with your family.