Learning About the CREAM Herd
UVM 's Dairy-Run Cow Herd
CREAM’s dairy cattle herd is comprised of registered Holstein cattle.
Holstein animals are the highly recognizable
black-and-white (or red and white) dairy cows that make up the
vast majority of America’s dairy herd population. Their
popularity is due to their
tremendous production potential; our best CREAM Holstein producers can make well over 140 pounds of milk per day—that’s more than 17 gallons of milk!
Ruby, a red and white Holstein
Red is one of our current red and white Holsteins.
Dulce, a black and white Holstein
Only female cattle are kept within the UVM CREAM herd. All animals of breeding age are bred by a trained professional using shipped semen and artificial insemination methods. Nine months later, the calf is born! Heifer (female) calves are kept and raised by CREAMers in the hopes that they will someday join CREAM’s lactating herd. Bull (male) calves typically leave the CREAM barn within 1-5 days after birth.
Our herd size and demographics
The UVM CREAM facility is home to roughly 60 Holstein cows of varying life stages. From tiny newborn heifers to fourth- or fifth-lactation cows, we have them all! We have a tie-stall barn which only allows us to milk a maximum of 34 animals at a time.
Where does all the milk go?
CREAM is a member of the Agrimark Dairy Cooperative. In Vermont,
Agrimark milk is used in the production of Cabot Dairy products
like butter and cheese! So, the next time you sit down to eat
some delicious Cabot Cheddar cheese, remember that a UVM-CREAM
cow might have helped contribute toward its creation!
Last modified March 25 2015 01:16 PM