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June is National Dairy Month

June Dairy Month started out as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm months of summer. The commemoration was established in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “dairy month.”



Cow’s milk offers a superior nutrient package over alternative beverages such as soy, almond, rice or coconut. Fat-free cow’s milk contains 15 fewer calories per glass, 70 percent more potassium and almost twice as much protein as many calcium-fortified soy beverages.


Dairy’s unique combination of nutrients plays key roles in preventing heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. Dairy is important for building strong bones and teeth.


Dairy cows give more than 7 gallons of milk each day. That’s 400 glasses of milk!


It takes less than 5 minutes to milk a cow using a milking machine.


To make one gallon of ice cream you need 12 lbs. of whole milk.


To make one pound of butter you need 21.2 lbs. of whole milk.


To make one pound of cheese you need 10 lbs. of milk.