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June is Dairy Month!

It’s Dairy Month!  Dairy farmers work hard every day of the year to provide all the wonderful dairy products that we enjoy – milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream and much more!  This month we celebrate dairy farmers and all they do – and we wanted to share some dairy fun facts with you!

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  • Did you know – world wide there are 5 major breeds of dairy cattle:Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Brown Swiss and Ayrshire.
    • Holsteins are the ones that most people think of when they think of dairy cows – they are the ones with the familiar black and white spots!
  • Of those 5 breeds:
    • Brown Swiss is the oldest breed
    • Holsteins are the largest
    • Jerseys are the smallest
  • There are records of cattle being milked as early as 9000 B.C.
  • One cow can provide enough milk for about 14 people (depending on how much milk you drink of course!)
  • It takes
    • 21.1 lbs. of whole milk to make 1 lb. of butter
    • 10 lbs. of whole milk to make 1 lb. of cheese
    • 2.3 lbs. of whole milk to make 1 lb. of ice cream!
  • Milk contains more essential nutrients for human health than any other single food
  • A good dairy cow can produce 10 times her body weight of milk in 305 days (dairy cattle are only milked about 305 days a year, the other 60 they are "dry" as they prepare to give birth to their calf).  That 10 times (or 10,000 lbs. for a 1,000 lb. cow), is equivalent to about one ton of edible dry food in the form of highly digestible nutrients; or about 496 lbs. of protein, 800 lbs. of lactose (milk sugar), 500 lbs. of butterfat, and 112 lbs. of minerals each year.
Source:  Oklahoma State Extension

  
This Dairy Month, be sure to enjoy some wonderful dairy products…and remember that behind those products is a dairy farmer working hard each day to care for his cows and land, and provide a safe, affordable product for you and your families.
 
Monday, June 04, 2018
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