June 18 is National Cheese Makers Day
One end is moo, the other milk.
- by Ogden Nash
Milk comes from a cow's udder. It is produced after the cow gives birth to her first calf.
Milk was named Oklahoma's official state beverage on November 2, 2002.
Some common dairy cattle have markings that make them easy to recognize. Holstein cattle are probably the easiest to recognize because they are white with black spots. But dairy cattle, like beef cattle, come in many different colors.
In 2015, the average number of milk cows in Oklahoma was 40,000. Milk production ranked number 6 in value among all Oklahoma commodities, with a value of $181 million. The largest population of dairy cows in 2015 was in Tillman County.
Oklahoma dairy cows produced 697 million pounds of milk in 2014. The average Oklahoma milk cow produced 17,425 pounds of of milk in 2014.
Activity: Thumb Print Cows
Materials Needed: cow pattern, black or purple ink pad
- Discuss: The most common breed of dairy cattle in Oklahoma is Holstein. Holstein cattle are white with black spots. Each cow's spots are unique, just as each person's thumbprints are unique.
- Provide each student with a copy of the cow pattern.
- Students will use the stamp pad to stamp thumbprints all over the cow pattern to make cow spots.
- Students will color the cow's ears, face, tail and udder.
Write a metaphor for ice cream or use ice cream as a metaphor for something else.
- Smart Board Activity: Dairy Fiction or Nonfiction (Need help?)Please be patient with us as we learn how to use this new technology.
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Smart Board Acitivity page
- Dairy Facts
- Dairy Lessons
- Ice Cream in a Bag, Robin Dunn, Laverne
- Gilmer Dairy Farm
- Early Developments in the American Dairy Industry