When it comes to photographing agriculture, dairy cows have to be my favourite domesticated farm animal to capture images of. With a temperament somewhere set between the timidity of a sheep and the cheekiness of a goat, they make wonderful subjects. Add unique patterns, stunning contrasts, size, scale and poise to the mix and for me, they take some beating.
So here they are, in pictures, with a few facts thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!
Ninety-five-percent of all dairy cows kept in the UK are Holsteins
In the last 40 years milk production per cow has doubled
12,000 UK dairy farmers own and care for 1.8 million dairy cows and there’s 250,000,000 dairy cows worldwide
In the UK each cow produces on average 7,400 litres of milk per lactation, around 305 days
Totalling around 11 billion litres of milk a year nationally
Enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools