June is Dairy Month!

Jun 1, 2021

Did you know? June Dairy Month started out as a way to distribute extra milk during summer? The commemoration was established in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month” and just two years later June became the official “dairy month”.

Today, there are many different kinds of celebrations to honor milk for the powerhouse beverage that it is, including everything from exciting giveaways where families have the
chance to win prizes to partnerships with feeding programs to provide milk’s thirteen essential nutrients to families in need. 

Dairy Month has been celebrated for more than 80 years now, stay tuned all month as we put the spotlight on this wholesome, nutritious product our farmers produce each day.

 

Dairy & You

  • We all know dairy is key in building strong bones and teeth, but DYK? Its unique combination of nutrients also play a role in preventing heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis?
  • The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 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 American’s typically lack in their diet: calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.
  • Most milk alternative drinks have only half the nutrients of real milk and cost nearly twice as much.

Dairy & the Farm

  • Dairy farming is a family tradition. 100% of UDA members are family-owned and –operated. 
  • Dairy farmers are committed to providing families with safe and wholesome dairy foods by following strict Food and Drug Administration guidelines and processing all dairy foods in a safe environment.
  • Dairy farmers work closely with veterinarians to keep cows healthy and comfortable. 

 

Dairy & the Community

  • Despite rising fuel and feed costs, milk continues to be a great value at about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass.
  • The carbon footprint of a glass of milk is two-thirds less than a glass of milk 70 years ago!
  • The dairy industry has a sustainability goal of going net-zero or net-positive by 2050 by working toward carbon neutrality and further reducing water quality impacts on farming practices.

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