Lexington County Farm-City

to strengthen the understanding of farm-city connections that provide food, fiber, and shelter.

South Carolina Dairy Facts

  • There were 16,000 cows on 75 dairy farms in the state in 2013.
  • Each dairy cow in SC produced 1,919 gallons of milk.
  • Each dairy cow produced an average of 6.3 gallons of milk per day in 2013.
  • About 98% of the milk produced in SC was used and consumed in the form of fluid milk dairy foods.
  • There was a total of 30.7 million gallons of milk produced in SC in 2013.
  • The average value of a day’s milk in 2013 was $11.37 per cow.
  • Each dairy cow cost about $1,495.
  • A typical dairy herd has about 200 milking cows.
  • There are 2 commercial processing plants operated in N. Charleston and Spartanburg.
  • Cash receipts for milk was $55.5 million during 2013.
  • SC ranked 39th in milk production, 37th in the number of milk cows, 40th in milk output per cow, and 41st in the number of licensed dairy operations during 2013.
  • Healthy cows produce more milk. Dairy farmers work with animal nutritionists to ensure their cows get the nutrition they need.
  • Dairy farmers work closely with veterinarians to keep their cows healthy and comfortable.
  • One cow produces the milk that 100 cows once produced.
  • One cow consumes more than 100 pounds of food and 50 gallons of water each day.
  • A newborn calf can walk within 2 hours of birth.
  • A cow has 4 stomachs.
  • Milk and dairy foods produce about 73% of the calcium in our food supply.

Did you know that . . .

  • milk is never touched by human hands?
  • homogenization is the process that gives milk its rich, white color and smooth texture?
  • pasteurization is the process that ensures that milk and dairy products are safe?
  • cows have an acute sense of smell? They can smell something up to 6 miles away.
  • a cow drinks about 40 gallons of water a day?
  • cows are fashionable? Their ears are pierced, not with pearls and diamonds, but with little jewels called ear tags.

Source: www.southeastdairy.org

Lexington County Farm-City

Sponsors 2015

Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc.

Lexington County Farm Bureau

Lexington School District I Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research, Pelion

Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District


Price's Country Store

Roof's Basket Works, Inc.

Sandhills Young Farmer & Agribusiness Chapter


South State Bank

W. P. Law, Inc.

W. P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.

Wingard's Nursery & Garden Center