Everything You Need to Know About the Holstein Cow

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Meet the world's leader in milk production, the Holstein cow.

The Holstein is the world's highest production dairy animal. Though it was developed in the Netherlands, 90% of the dairy cows in the United States are now of Holstein descent, and it's easy to see why.

Holsteins are unsurpassed in milk production, adaptable to a wide range of environmental conditions, and inexpensive to keep when compared to what they are capable of producing for their owners. In fact, top-producing Holsteins milked three times a day have been known to produce over 72,000 pounds of milk a year.

Holstein Cows

A Holstein even made it to the White House -- Pauline Wayne was the official presidential pet to the 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft. She grazed on the White House lawn from 1910 to 1913, and provided milk for the presidential family.

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This article was originally published May 22, 2017.

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