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National Dairy Month

Posted by lhvs on June 19, 2014


June is National Dairy Month

National Dairy Month first began as Nation Milk Month in 1937. Dairy month recognizes dairy products and the people who make them possible to enjoy. This celebration was originally created as a way to help distribute the extra milk cows produced when they were started on pasture in the summer months. It has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made on the world. Extremely nutritious, tasty and versatile, milk is often categorized as "nature's most nearly perfect food."

Milk and milk products have played an important role in America's history. The very first cows were brought to Jamestown Virginia in 1611. The immigrants brought these cattle with them from Europe to supply their families with food. It was not until the late 1800's that cattle breeds were developed specifically for dairy purposes. 

Cow's milk and milk products are America's top source of Vitamin D. In fact, milk supplies half of all the Vitmain D in the American diet. No other food item comes close to supplying the vitamin D punch that milk and milk products provide.

Nutrient-rich dairy foods are one of the most inexpensive sources of nutrition. Few foods contain dairy's powerhouse of nutrients in such an affordable, appealing and readily available way. Milk is packed with 9 essential nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D for strong bones and protein for healthy muscles. Without milk in your diet it is very difficult to get the right amounts of the nutrients you need. 

It is important to get the recommended three 8 ounce glasses of milk each day - it provides 75% of the dairy value of vitamin D.

Numerous studies have shown that milk drinkers have healthier diets compared to non-milk drinkers.

The milk bottle was invented by Dr. Hervey Thatcher in Potsdam, NY in 1884 and it was not until 1895 that commercial pasteurizing machines were introduced.

In 1912 milk was 8 cents per quart. Today it is an average of 87 cents per quart.

Did you know that nearly 97% of all dairy farms are family-owned and operated!!



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