9 Million Dairy Cows in the U.S., 94% are Holstein

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Posted by Karyn Moyer
9 Million Dairy Cows

There are over 9 million dairy cows in the United States. 94 percent of these cows are of Holstein descent. Holstein cattle are pretty easily recognizable due to their distinctive black and white markings. They typically weigh around 1,500 pounds and stand around 58 inches tall at the shoulder, which makes them the largest of the U.S. dairy breeds.

On average, a Holstein produces around 23,000 pounds of milk, or 2,674 gallons, each lactation. That is about 75 pounds, or almost 9 gallons, of milk daily during a standard lactation of 305 days. The world record of milk production was set by “Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET,” a Holstein cow from Wisconsin. The record was set in 2016 when she produced 77,480 pounds of milk that year.

When they are 23 to 26 months of age, Holstein cows usually have their first calf. Healthy calves weigh in at about an average of 90 pounds at birth.

For more facts about Holstein cows, check out the Holstein Association USA.

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.