January 11th marks National Milk Day

OLD TOWN, Maine (WABI) - What do butter, cheese, and ice cream have in common? Milk.

January 11th is National Milk Day.

We stopped by the J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center in Old Town.

Dairy Herdsperson, Elizabeth McLaughlin, showed us a few things about milking a cow.

McLaughlin said, "This is a three-year-old Holstein. This is her second lactation. The gloves are not really for me. It's to keep her safe from germs. Once we get her all ready, we give a squeeze and at least five squirts out of each quarter. It's so we keep the milk clean, and the other half is so she stays clean and healthy."

Experts say on average a cow produces six to seven gallons of milk a day.