By now you’re familiar with Daisy’s picture-perfect profile and her beautiful bovine face that appears throughout OhioDairyFarmers.com. But there’s more to Daisy than just her good looks. Daisy is a Holstein, a breed of dairy cow that is easily recognized by its distinctive black and white (and sometimes red and white) coloring. Daisy and her fellow Holsteins can weigh up to 1,500 pounds; eat nearly 100 pounds of nutritious feed; and drink 25-50 gallons, or nearly a bathtub full, of water each day. While Ohio dairy farmers take pride in raising and caring for all breeds of cows, Holsteins like Daisy are among the most popular breeds in the U.S. and are known for their high milk production.
Not only is Daisy a star on Ohio dairy farms and here on OhioDairyFarmers.com, she and her friends also are featured in their very first video – A Day on the Farm: Starring Daisy and her Ohio Friends. Check it out!
Matilda is Daisy’s best friend and joined Daisy in 2010 in spreading the Ohio Dairy Farmer love. You can quickly tell she’s not part of Daisy’s Holstein family, and that’s because Matilda is a Jersey, the smallest breed of dairy cows, recognized by their fawn-colored coat. Although Jerseys don’t produce quite as much milk as Holsteins, their milk has higher percentages of protein and butterfat, which is perfect for making dairy foods such as cheese and ice cream.
Lilly is fawn and white in color, and is particularly renowned for the rich flavor of her milk. Lilly is a Guernsey and is often referred to as the “Royal Breed” because her milk is almost gold in color, producing high-butterfat, high-protein milk with a high concentration of betacarotene.
About three-fifths the size of her friend, Daisy, she continues to produce high-quality milk while consuming 20 to 30 percent less feed per pound of milk produced. Another attractive characteristic of Lilly is that she is adaptable to warmer climates.
Amelia is a member of the Ayrshire family, which is universally recognized as one of the most beautiful of the dairy cattle breeds. Ayrshire’s color varies from light to deep cherry red, mahogany, brown, or a combination of these colors with white.
Additionally, Amelia’s 1,200 pound stature equips her to be a strong, rugged cow that can easily adapt to the environment. Just like her other friends, Amelia loves to be milked and produces lots of it! Her milk works especially well in the production of butter and cheese. The Hein Family has Holsteins and Ayrshires.
Roxie, who is a member of the Milking Shorthorn family, is the most versatile of all the breeds which is one of her greatest attributes. These docile cows efficiently produce large volumes of nutritious milk.
Because Milking Shorthorns were originally bred for beef, they were very helpful in providing early settlers with not only milk, but meat and strength to pull wagons and equipment as well. They are typically red, red and white, white or roan. Roan, a mixture of red and white and is unique to the Milking Shorthorn breed. Roxie is average-sized compared to her other friends weighing around 1,400 pounds when mature.
While Bella isn’t known as being the most popular or the most beautiful, she is one of the older and wiser of the breeds. Bella is a Brown Swiss, which is one of the oldest cattle breeds in existence and native to Switzerland.
Brown Swiss cows like Bella are typically solid brown, varying from very light to dark and weighing approximately 1,500 pounds when mature. Bella produces about five nearly 8 gallons of milk a day, and is the second-highest producer of milk among cow breeds. That’s a lot of ice cream! In addition, her milk offers a higher protein content than some her other friends.