Vermont is an ideal place to raise livestock, thanks to its rocky, hilly terrain. Dairy accounts for more than 70 percent of Vermont’s agricultural economy, and other ag products include apples, honey, corn, Christmas trees, maple syrup and more.
Check out the helpful infographic below showing the top 10 Vermont ag products, based on 2015 cash receipts, plus a fun fact about each. Feel free to share on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, or contact us to reprint.
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What’s Growing in Vermont?
- Dairy Products – $493 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Cattle and Calves – $88.7 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Maple Products – $46.5 million: It takes roughly 40 gallons of tree sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup which weighs 11 pounds.
- Turkeys – $35.9 million: About 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving every year in the United States.
- Apples – $15.5 million: Apple trees take up to four to five years to produce their first fruit.
- Hay – $13 million: Sheep and goats refuse to eat trampled hay, but cows and horses will gobble it up.
- Chicken Eggs – $5.26 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Sweet Corn – $2.7 million: Unlike field corn, sweet corn kernels are soft, sweet and perfect for eating right off the cob.
- Honey – $1.1 million: Honeybees tap 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. The average American consumes about 1.3 pounds of honey in a year.
- Hogs – $813,000: Pork is the most widely eaten meat. It represents about 42 percent of all meat eaten in the world.