Dairy Facts

n It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream, 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese, and 21.8 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.

n Wisconsin cheesemakers produced more than 2.7 billion pounds of cheese in 2012. If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank fourth in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the U. S., Germany and France, and just ahead of Italy.

n Average milk production per Wisconsin cow each year is 21,436 pounds (or 2,493 gallons). That is enough for 39,888 eight-ounce glasses of milk from just one cow.