Let’s Celebrate Dairy Month: It Does a Body Good!
June is National Dairy Month, a time to honor the hard working dairy farm families across the country. The June Dairy Month tradition began in 1937 as a way to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the summer. Now, 79 years later, the rich tradition of June Dairy Month continues with communities, companies and people from all over the United States participating. It is very obvious from these statistics that dairy farmers work extremely hard for their returns. Dairy farming is a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year occupation working to produce the most wholesome product we enjoy. Dairy farmers have to be nutritionists, veterinarians, mechanics, agronomists and businessmen to accomplish the tasks required day to day on a dairy farm.
- The six major dairy breeds in the United States are: Holstein, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayrshire, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn.
- The North Carolina dairy industry generated an estimated $450 million in economic activity.
- North Carolina is one of the top milk-producing states in the Southeast, with 250 licensed dairies.
- In 2014, more than 47,000 North Carolina dairy cows produced 111.7 million gallons, or about 961 million pounds, of milk.
- When milk leaves a cow’s body it is 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The milk is then quickly chilled and stored at a temperature of 40 degrees F.
- A cow will spend 6 to 8 hours a day chewing her cud.
- A cow has only one stomach but have four compartments: Rumen, Reticulum, Omasum, and Abomasum.
- Each dairy cow in North Carolina produced an average of 2,376 gallons of milk per year.
- Cows can detect odors up to five miles away. And they are able to hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
- North Carolina dairy cows produced an average of 6.3 gallons of milk per day, or enough to make 5.5 pounds of cheese or 2.3 pounds of butter. To produce this much milk, an average cow consumes 50 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and feed concentrates, and 55 pounds of corn silage.
- Milk offers more nutrients per penny than almost any other beverage option in
the supermarket. Milk provides nine essential nutrients in an 8-ounce glass. It
provides phosphorus, vitamin B12, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin D,
calcium, protein and niacin.
- A dairy cow in North Carolina costs about $1,410 per head.
- A typical North Carolina dairy farm has a herd of 155 milking cows.