Dairy remains one of the most affordable sources of nutritionOVERLAND PARK, Kan. — June Dairy Month, an annual celebration that began in 1937, traditionally is a time to reflect on dairy foods and the industry that makes it possible. It was created to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in summer months. Today, its rich history continues, with communities, companies and people from all over the country observing June Dairy Month in a variety of ways.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — June Dairy Month, an annual celebration that began in 1937, traditionally is a time to reflect on dairy foods and the industry that makes it possible. It was created to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in summer months. Today, its rich history continues, with communities, companies and people from all over the country observing June Dairy Month in a variety of ways.
In the Midwest, dairy farms and families often open their gates to visitors at breakfasts and tours, while grocery stores and other business feature dairy products during the month. America’s heartland — from North Dakota to Arkansas — is home to more than 11,000 dairy farms and the people behind the products — dairy farmers. And while these farms may differ, dairy farmers share a passion for their livelihoods and in producing wholesome, nutritious dairy products for people of all ages to enjoy.
Each dairy farm has a unique story to be told. Bruce Brockshus, with Brockshus Dairy Farm in Iowa, reveals his belief that the family makes the farm. This efficient dairy farm operates by utilizing each family member’s talents and passions.
Some producers, such as Rodney Elliott with Drumgoon Dairy in South Dakota, move across the world to ensure they have the most productive and technologically advanced dairy as possible. With his frequent travels, his new beginnings allow him to appreciate dairy farming in the Midwest.
Cassandra Hulstein, with County Line Dairy, tells her story of why she wants to continue her family’s dairy farm. The new generation shows that this loyalty to dairy farming is a family commitment.
Nutrient-rich dairy foods are one of the most economical sources of nutrition.
In fact, few foods deliver dairy’s powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and readily available way. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages children and adults 9 years and older to have three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt every day. And at about 25 cents per glass, milk provides one of the richest sources of well-absorbed calcium in the American diet.
Dairy fast facts:
- 98 percent of all U.S. dairy farms are family owned.
- Typically, it takes two days to get from the farm to the grocery store.
- The Midwest is home to more than 11,000 dairy farms.
- There are dairy farms in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.
- It takes 3 cups of broccoli to equal the calcium in one cup of milk.
- An 8-ounce serving of low-fat plain yogurt contains 490 milligrams of potassium; about the same as a banana.
- One ounce of hard cheese such as cheddar contains 8 grams of protein; an egg contains 6 grams.