Visit this traditional milking facility for a glimpse of the twice a day milking ritual with dairy experts on hand to explain what is going on. The facility provides our Dairy Exhibitors a clean sanitized place to milk their cows during the ten day fair.
Did you know Tennessee cows produce an average of 5.1 gallons of milk or enough to make 4.4 pounds cheese or 1.8 pounds of butter? To produce this much milk, a cow consumes 50 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and concentrated feeds, and 55 pounds of hay and silage in one day. The first cow arrived in the U.S. in 1611. Now, there are over 10 million dairy cows in the U.S.
Tennessee has 5 milk processing plants currently operating in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Athens, and Memphis. Total amount of milk produced in the state during the last year amounted to 93.1 million gallons! The average “mailbox” price received by Tennessee dairy farmers for their milk was an estimated $22.09 per hundredweight, or approximately $1.92 for each gallon of milk.