Wisconsin Cow Sets New Milk Yield Record

A Wisconsin dairy cow has set a new milk production record: 8400 gallons of milk in a single year. She’s got a lovely name: 1326.

To put 8400 gallons of milk into perspective: as recently as 1975, the average American dairy cow produced just 1220 gallons of milk [Excel Spreasheet] per year. In other words, 1326 produces nearly seven times more milk than a dairy cow from 1975. You could only imagine what this level of output must do to a cow’s body over time. Link.

On a related matter, with the market flooded by milk from modern high-yielding frankencows, Pennsylvania dairy farmers this week asked for larger taxpayer handouts. What’s wrong with this picture? Link.