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From calf to cow

Cows’ needs change as they grow, and it's a dairy farmer's job (often in partnership with a veterinarian) to make sure they're well taken care of.

Dairy cow facts

How much do you know about cows? Here are a few little-known facts about cow health and habits.

Cows are super tasters

Cows have two to three times more taste buds than the average human, so they literally have excellent taste – and can be quite fussy about their food.

Light sleepers

A dairy cow typically spends 11 hours a day resting or lying, but they only need about four hours of sleep per day.

Long tails by law

The practice of docking cows' tails, once thought to improve hygiene, has been banned on Canadian dairy farms since 2017.

Read more about how dairy farmers maintain quality standards

Environmental sustainability

Protecting the environment can help reduce waste and costs while keeping farmland viable for future generations.

Learn about sustainability

Farming technology

Advances in technology have helped make cows more comfortable, healthy and productive.

Learn about farm technology

Regulatory procedures

Dairy farmers work with government organizations and industry partners to help maintain Ontario’s high milk standards.

Explore regulatory procedures