In 1937, grocer organizations sponsored “National Milk Month” as a way to distribute extra milk during the warmer months of the year. Two years later, June officically became designated ast “National Dairy Month.”
Adding one more serving of milk to your family’s day—whether it’s a splash of cream in your coffee, cold cereal at breakfast, or smoothies on the go—can help ensure they get the nutrients they need to build strong bones and teeth. Dairy farm families, like South Mountain Creamery, pride themselves on producing wholesome dairy foods that help their families grow up strong and healthy.
Fun Facts About Dairy
- 99 percent of all U.S. households purchase milk. The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk each year.
- About 72 percent of the calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from dairy foods.
- To get the amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of milk, you’d have to eat seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread.
- U.S. dairy farms produce roughly 21 billion gallons of milk annually.
- All 50 states in the U.S. have dairy farms.
- The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from the beta-carotene found in the grass cows eat.
- Americans eat more than 300,000 tons of yogurt per year.
- About 300 varieties of cheese are sold in the United States.
- The most popular cheese in America is Cheddar.
- Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor.
- It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
- It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- It takes 21.8 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.
- The average dairy cow weighs about 1,400 lbs.
- Cows have 32 teeth, all of them on the bottom with a dental pad on top.
- Cows have an acute sense of smell, and can smell something up to six miles away.
- A cow eats 90–100 pounds of food and drinks about 35 gallons of water (the equivalent of a bathtub full) every day.
- A cow spends about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing its cud every day.
- A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily. That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- A cow is more valuable for its milk, cheese, butter and yogurt than for its beef.
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So now that you know more about milk and dairy products than your friends do, why not get everyone together for a grilled cheese and ice cream? Celebrate National Dairy Month this June!