Monday, September 12, 2011

Fun Farm Facts

* Mature turkeys have more than 3,500 feathers.
* There are 47 different breeds of sheep in the U.S.
* Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.

* The average person consumes 584 pounds of dairy products a year.
* 160 degrees Fahrenheit is the correct cooking temperature to ensure safe and savory ground beef.
* Elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.

* Like snowflakes, no two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.
* The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
* Twenty-nine cuts of beef meet government guidelines for lean.

* The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year.
* Turkeys originated in North and Central America, and evidence indicates that they have been around for more than 10 million years.
* Agriculture employs more than 24 million American workers (17% of the total U.S. work force).

* Today's American farmer feeds about 155 people worldwide. In 1960, that number was 25.8.
* Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture.
* One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball.

* Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
* The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed 86 pounds, about the size of an average third-grader.
* Cows have four stomachs and can detect smells up to six miles away!

* Cows are herbivores, so they only have teeth on the bottom.
* There are 350 squirts in a gallon of milk.
* Cows must give birth to a calf in order to produce milk.

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