The origins of June’s National Dairy Month

From the National Dairy Alliance
Dairy cattle eat grain at a Texas dairy farm. Texas recently edged out New York in milk production to become the fourth-largest milk-producing state in the nation.

National 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.”

Whether it’s in coffee, cereal, or smoothies, adding one more serving of milk to your family’s day can help ensure they get the nutrients they need to build strong bones and teeth. Trusted for decades, dairy farm families pride themselves on producing wholesome dairy foods that help their families grow up strong and healthy.

There is no moo-staking the facts about dairy:

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) released the 2015-20 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), which reinforces the importance of consuming three daily servings of dairy foods like milk and cheese.

• The new DGA guidelines propose three different healthy eating patterns and dairy foods are a part of all three. Dairy is also highlighted for providing three of the four nutrients that are typically lacking in American diets: calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

• 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.

• When planning meals, choose milk, cheese and yogurt, all of which are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin D and potassium to help fuel your body.

• 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.

• Most milk alternative drinks have only half the nutrients of real milk and cost nearly twice as much.

• Both organic and regular dairy foods contain the same essential nutrients key to a healthy and balanced diet.

• People who are sensitive to lactose can consume dairy foods that are lactose-reduced or lactose-free.

– On the Farm:

• Dairy farming is a family tradition, one that has been a way of life for many generations. Ninety-eight percent of dairy farms are family owned and operated.

• Dairy farmers are dedicated and take pride in caring for their cows by working closely with veterinarians to keep their cows healthy and comfortable. Dairy cows receive regular checkups, vaccinations and prompt medical treatment.

• Dairy farmers work hard to provide your family with the same safe and wholesome dairy foods they give to their children.

• Dairy farmers follow strict Food and Drug Administration guidelines and process all dairy foods in a safe environment.

• Despite rising fuel and feed costs, milk continues to be a great value at about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass.

Milk production Erath County

• Number of Producers: 49

• Percentage of Total for Texas: 13.96%

• Pounds of Milk: 109,334,765

• Percentage of Total (Milk): 8.88%

• Gallons of Milk: 12,713,345

• Number of Cows: 52,064

• Milk Processors: Schreiber Foods

Information from: Texas Association of Dairymen

Milk production in Texas

Texas recently edged out New York in milk production to become the fourth-largest milk-producing state in the nation. The new ranking happened in December, when Texas’ milk production grew 7.5% over December 2019 levels to 1.3 billion pounds. For the same period, the Texas dairy cattle herd increased from 580,000 head to 613,000 head. Milk production per cow also increased from 2,085 pounds per cow to 2,120 pounds.

Information from: Texas Farm Bureau

Milk production in the U.S.

• Milk production in the 24 major states during April 2021 totaled 18.4 billion pounds, up 3.5% from April 2020.

• Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,051 pounds for April 2021, 42 pounds above April 2020.

• The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.98 million head, 121,000 head more than April 2020, and 15,000 head more than March 2021.

• The annual production of milk for the United States during 2020 was 223 billion pounds, 2.2% above 2019.

• Production per cow in the United States averaged 23,777 pounds for 2020, 382 pounds above 2019. The average annual rate of milk production per cow has increased 11.5% from 2011.

• The average number of milk cows on farms in the United States during 2020 was 9.39 million head, up 0.5% from 2019. The average annual number of milk cows has increased 2.1% from 2011.

Information from: Hoard's Dairyman