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Arkansas Dairy Cattle

Holstein Dairy Cow
Holstein Heifer (Photo Courtesy of USDA)

How much milk does a cow produce in a day?

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.

What happens to a cow after it no longer produces milk?

Cows that have concluded their production in the herd, are utilized for production of ground beef. Dairy veal and dairy steers are sold in similar markets and under identical USDA grading systems to more traditional beef breed steers. Byproducts of dairy beef production include leather, fertilizer, cosmetics, glue, and pharmaceuticals.

How many dairies are in Arkansas?

 There are less than 100 dairies currently in Arkansas.

The 4-H Dairy Project is still a popular livestock enterprise for youth throughout the state. Dairy cattle are popular show animals at county, district and Arkansas State Fairs. There are also leadership activities available such as dairy judging, state dairy camp, dairy quiz bowl, and dairy skillathon.



  • Publications
    • FSA3046 Breeding Soundness Evaluation for Beef and Dairy Bulls PDF
    • FSA3137 Annual and Perennial Forage Clovers for Arkansas PDF
    • FSA4000 Alfalfa for Dairy Cattle PDF
    • FSA4005 Dairy Production and Management Records PDF
    • FSA4007 Dairy Reproductive Management Using Artificial Insemination PDF
    • FSA4008 Body Condition Scoring With Dairy Cattle PDF
    • FSA4014 Factors Affecting Milk Composition of Lactating Cows PDF
    • FSA4018 Aflatoxin M1 in Milk PDF
    • FSA4019 Cooling Dairy Cattle in the Holding Pen PDF
    • FSA7031 Controlling Horn Flies on Cattle PDF


For more information contact:

Animal Science Department
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
Phone: 501-671-2000

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