June Dairy Month June 5, 2020 – June Dairy Month initially began as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm months of summer. It was started in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “dairy month.” National Dairy Month acts as a reminder of the health benefits that dairy products provide. Here are some fun and interesting facts about the dairy field! Cow Facts: A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime. Cows eat about 100 pounds of food every day A cow spends about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing its cud every day. Cows drink about 35 gallons of water a day – about the same amount as a bathtub full of water. Cows can walk upstairs but not down because a cow’s knees are unable to bend the way that is needed to walk downstairs. Dairy Facts: These products contain a variety of essential nutrients — including calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein. Dairy also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, while helping us to better manage our weight. Most milk alternative drinks have only half the nutrients of real milk and cost nearly twice as much. The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk a year! Dairy Farming Facts: 98% of dairy farms in the U.S. are family-owned and operated! Dairy farmers take great care of their cows, working closely with veterinarians to keep them healthy and comfortable. Dairy cows receive regular checkups, vaccinations, and prompt medical treatment. Dairy farmers follow strict Food and Drug Administration guidelines and process all dairy foods in a safe environment. We know what you’re craving now… go enjoy a delicious dairy treat to celebrate! You deserve it!