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North Dakota is one of several states that designated milk the official beverage. By official designation, the Legislative Assembly recognized the importance of North Dakota's dairy industry. North Dakota ranks 32nd among milk-producing states. Milk was adopted as North Dakota State Beverage in 1983.
Did you know that: Milk has been proclaimed the official state beverage or drink in each of the following states:
Arkansas | Delaware |
Louisiana | Minnesota | Mississippi
New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oregon | Oklahoma | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Vermont | Virginia | Wisconsin
North Dakota milk production during the January-March quarter totaled 143 million pounds, according to the North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service. Production was up 3 million pounds from the October-December 2002 quarter, but down 5 million pounds when compared to the January-March quarter in 2002. The average number of milk cows during the quarter decreased 1,000 head from the last quarter to 37,000. Milk produced per cow averaged 3,870 pounds, up from 3,680 pounds last quarter and 3,600 pounds during the January-March 2002 quarter.
Milk production in the US during the January-March quarter totaled 43.0
billion pounds, up 1.3 percent from the January-March quarter last year.
The average number of milk cows in the US during the quarter was 9.16
million head, 43,000 head more than the same period last year.
Ever wonder where delicious milk comes from? It all starts with healthy, well-fed cows that live on farms all around America the beautiful.
Can You Say, "I'm Full?"
Cows are BIG eaters. Did you know that cows have four stomachs and eat 90 pounds of food a day? That's probably more than you weigh! A cow that chows on only grass can make 50 glasses of milk a day. But one that eats grass, corn and hay can make 100 glasses of milk a day!
Milk has a long and rich history. For example, did you know?
The law designating milk as the official North Dakota state beverage is found in the North Dakota Revised Statutes, Title 54, Chapter 54-02, Section 54-02-12
STATE EMBLEMS, SYMBOLS, AND AWARDS
Section 54-02-16. State beverage.
54-02-12. State beverage. Milk is the official beverage of the state of North Dakota.