Dairy cattle ( dairy cows) are cattle cows bred for the ability to produce large quantities of milk, from which dairy products are made. Dairy cows generally are of the species bos taurus The dairy cow produces large amounts of milk in its lifetime. Production levels peak at around 40 to 60 days after calving. Production declines steadily afterwards until milking is stopped at about 10 months.
Dairy cows require a balanced diet for milk production, Cows eat a mixture of grass hay, alfalfa hay, grains as well as corn and grass silage. Grass and alfalfa are dried to make hay. Farmers grow a lot of grass and corn at their farm, so even BC’s local dairy cows are eating local! Having dry hay ensures that the cows will have food all year round.