Dairy Cow

Wisconsin State Domesticated Animal


A Holstein cow

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.



Meet a milk maker; an illustration describing the dairy cow at Canada Agriculture Museum 114; includes the meaning of a cow's name (the first name tells you where the cow was born; the middle name is the cow's father, or sire; and the last name is the everyday name the cow is given at birth).  Photo by Douglas Sprott/Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Meet a milk maker - illustration of dairy cow

Calves; from a diverse herd of dairy cows (Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Dutch Belted, Ayreshire and Holstein).  Photo by la fattina/Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution/no derivative works).

Dairy cow calves


A Wisconsin Family Farm

Dancing Cows?