21 June 2011

Middle Eastern dairy touts high yield ‘Super Cow’

A nine-year-old Holstein owned by one of the Middle East’s largest dairy producers yields so much of the white stuff she has been deemed “Super.”

Cow no. 4307 or as farmhands call her, Super Cow, can produce up to 100 liters (over 26 gallons) of milk in one day.

Officials at Super Cow’s prison err farm, Al Ain Dairy, are quite proud of their star milk making machine.

"This super cow could be the most productive cow in the Middle East," said Al Ain Marketing Manager, Kingston Fernandez, in an interview with Emirates 24/7. "It was born at Al Ain Dairy. We are proud of her. She is exceptional."

According to Fernandez, Al Ain’s prized Holstein has produced more than one million liters, or a whopping 264,172 gallons, of milk during her lifetime.

To say that is a ridiculous amount would be an understatement.

In nature a cow will produce about 5 liters of milk per day for her calf while in captivity, at one of the lovely factory farms throughout the U.S., a yield of about 30 liters per day is not uncommon.

All of this for a liquid that was never intended for human consumption in the first place.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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