Joe Brady, Dragonfly Studios, used with permission
Joe Brady, Dragonfly Studios, used with permission

Meet the Farmer and Learn More about Dairy Farms

Tour the Bellvale Farms Dairy

The Bellvale Farms Dairy Barn is the first “Dairy of Distinction” in Orange County, NY. Tours are available at 12:30PM Sundays from June through October. For more info or to make a reservation, call 845-988-5414. The Bellvale Farms Dairy Farm is located at 75 Bellvale Lakes Road, Warwick, NY, one mile from The Creamery.

Fun Facts

The average cow produces 70 lbs. of milk. That’s eight gallons per day!

The softened food is called cud, small balls of food. Next, the rumen muscles send the cud back up to the cow’s mouth, where it is re-chewed and swallowed again, this time going to the Omasum section of the stomach in order to squeeze out all of the moisture.

Did you know nearly each family had a cow up until the 1850’s!

  1. Cows are social animals, and they naturally form large herds. And like people, they will make friends and bond to some herd members, while avoiding others
  2. Cows are red-green colorblind. In a bullfight, its the waving of the cape that attracts the bull not the red color
  3. A cow’s heart beats between 60 and 70 beats per minute
  4. Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
  5. An average dairy cow weighs about 1,200 pounds.
  6. A cows normal body temperature is 101.5°F.
  7. The average cow chews at least 50 times per minute.
  8. The typical cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.
  9. An average cow has more than 40,000 jaw movements in a day.
  10. Cows actually do not bite grass; instead they curl their tongue around it.
  11. Cows have almost total 360-degree panoramic vision.
  12. Cows have a single stomach, but four different digestive compartments.
  13. Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like people
  14. A dairy cow can produce 125 lbs. of saliva a day
  15. Cows spend 8 hours per day eating, 8 hours chewing her cud (regurgitated, partially digested food), and 8 hours sleeping
  16. You can lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs. Cows knees can’t bend properly to walk downstairs.
  17. Cows can’t vomit
  18. The average cow drinks 30 to 50 gallons of water each day
  19. The average cow produces 70 lbs. of milk. That’s 8 gallons per day!
  20. Cows only have teeth on the bottom
  21. Cows have a great sense of smell. They can smell something up to 6 miles away
  22. Dairy cows are economic job creating machines! 1 dairy cow creates 4 full time jobs in the local community
  23. A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of black and white spots. They are all different
  24. The average cow will eat about 100 lbs. of feed per day