August 4, 2014

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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!

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Ninety-five-percent of all dairy cows kept in the UK are Holsteins

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In the last 40 years milk production per cow has doubled

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12,000 UK dairy farmers own and care for 1.8 million dairy cows and there’s 250,000,000 dairy cows worldwide

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In the UK each cow produces on average 7,400 litres of milk per lactation, around 305 days

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Totalling around 11 billion litres of milk a year nationally

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Enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools

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