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
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
In 2016, the average number of milk cows in Oklahoma was 37,000.
In 2016 milk production ranked number 7 in value among all Oklahoma
commodities, with a value of $134 million. The largest
population of dairy cows was in Tillman County.
Oklahoma dairy cows produced 720 million pounds of milk
in 2015. The average Oklahoma milk cow produced
18,462 pounds of of milk in 2015.
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
cow's spots are unique, just as each person's thumbprints
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.
Writing Prompt: Write a metaphor for ice cream or use ice cream as a metaphor for
Board Activity: Dairy Fiction or Nonfiction
Ice Cream in a Bag
Butter, Butter, Shake, Shake, Shake
Up to Play 60 (National Dairy Council fitness program)
Gilmer Dairy Farm on YouTube
Early Developments in the American Dairy Industry
Llewellyn, Claire, Milk: What's for Lunch, Franklin Watts,
2003. (Grades 1-3)
Coloful, high-quality photos complement the text
and help tell the story. The book accurately depicts modern dairy
production and processing.
Murphy, Andy, Out and About at the Dairy
Farm, Picture Window,
2004. (Grades K-5)
Introduces calves, heifers and milkers with full-color
illustrations and fact-filled text. Includes a topic-related activity,
an index, a vocabular list and fun facts.
Peterson, Cris, Clarabelle: Making Milk
and So Much More, Boyds
Mills, 2007. (Grades PreK-2)
Clarabelle represents the average dairy cow in
a modern dairy operation. The images depict a free stall cattle
operation, a modern milking parlor, bulk tanks holding milk and
the total feeding operation. Separate images identify the various
components of Clarabelle's complete dairy ration. Includes a glossary.
Taus-Bolstad, Stacy, From Grass
to Milk, Lerner,
2004. (Grades 3-5)
Simple sentences describe the process from cow
to milking and processing. All the images are of modern farm equipment
and modern processing operations. Includes a short glossary.
Background and above photo courtesy of Oklahoma State University