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Question: How much milk does the average cow produce in one day?


I didn't see any milk cows at the Ingham County (MI) yesterday. Just these. I missed seeing the milkers.


When we go to the Meijers in Mason every week, it's hard to not notice how low the price of milk is getting.  There are days where you only have to pay $1.69 for a gallon.  That thought came to my mind yesterday when my wife and I went to the Ingham County Fair yesterday  and walked through the animal barns.  Cows are big and they must be expensive to keep.

That sent me to Google to find out how much milk the average cow produces in a day.  

I found this from the University of Arkansas:

Most dairy cows are milked two to three times per day. On average, a cow will produce six to seven gallons of milk each day. A cow that is milking eats about 100 pounds each day of feed, which is a combination of hay, grain, silage and proteins (such as soybean meal), plus vitamins and minerals.

How do farmers make a profit when prices are that low?  Are there government subsidies?  Just curious.