Milk

Oklahoma State Beverage

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Strawberry and milk

Strawberry and milk; photo by Stefan Lins on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Milk

Milk was designated the official state beverage of Oklahoma in 1985. Milk has been called a nearly perfect food - a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients. 18 states recognize milk as a state symbol. 

A single cow can produce up to 8 gallons of milk, consume about 80 pounds of feed, and drink 30 to 40 gallons of water per day. Milked twice a day, Maryland cows produced 1.365 billion pounds of milk in 1999. Milk has been called a nearly perfect food - a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients.

Only a portion of the milk produced is used as a beverage, the remaining milk is used to produce butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk powder and other processed milk products.

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Images

Holstein calf photo by Ian Hayhurst on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution | share alike).

Holstein dairy cow calf

Glass of milk; photo by Sprogz on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Glass of milk

Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt; public domain photo from USDA Kids Corner: Facts about Dairy Products.

Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt

Videos

Dancing Cows?