03 June 2018 - It’s June Dairy Month

It’s June Dairy Month! Time to celebrate and I like the slogan, ‘Eat, Drink and be Dairy’ but I have my own slogan - ‘June Dairy Month - Take a dairy cow to lunch and say thank you!’ The holiday month goes back to 1937 when a group of chain stores promoted drinking milk to increase demand at a time when cows were turned out to pasture and milk production was at a peak. That year, it ran from June 10 to July 10. Then the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause in 1939, adjusted the time frame to the entire month of June and proclaimed the event ‘June Dairy Month’. In 1955, the American Dairy Association took over the promotion of June Dairy Month.
So, here are some conversation facts about June Dairy Month that you can share with your family at dinner. For example:

- The average dairy cow weighs about 1,400 lbs.
- Cows have 32 teeth, all of them on the bottom with a dental pad on the top.
- A cow eats 90-100 pounds of feed and drinks about 35 gallons of water (that’s the equivalent of a bathtub full of water) every day.
- A cow spends about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing its cud every day.
- A cow does not actually have four stomachs, but a single stomach with four compartments.
- A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily. That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- U.S. dairy farms produce roughly 2.1 billion gallons of milk annually.
-99 percent of all U.S. households purchase milk.

Of course there are so many other products that come from that milk cow.
- It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- It takes 21.8 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.
- It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
- Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor and cheddar is America’s favorite cheese.
Now you know why we salute the nation’s dairy farmers and the dairy cow during June Dairy Month.

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