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Dairy Cow

Wisconsin State Domesticated Animal

A Holstein cow standing in the sun. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Domesticated Animal of Wisconsin

The dairy cow (Bos taurus) was designated the state domesticated animal of Wisconsin in 1971 (the state mammal is the badger). A dairy cow is featured on the U.S. Mint's Wisconsin quarter, and milk is the official state beverage of Wisconsin. All State Mammals

Wisconsin is the nation’s leading milk-producing state, and the dairy industry has been important to Wisconsin's economy and heritage. Each dairy cow produces about 6.5 gallons of milk per day. Less than half of this milk is consumed as a beverage, the rest is used for butter, cheese, ice cream, milk powder and other processed products.