June is National Dairy Month, a Great Time To Celebrate Dairy Farmers Says Susan Allen, Dairy MAXMon, 07 Jun 2021 09:14:22 CDT
June is National Dairy Month and Susan Allen, program manager for Dairy MAX, said now is a good time to learn more about dairy production in Oklahoma.
First officially celebrated in 1937, June Dairy Month is just a great way to celebrate the contributions of the dairy industry and all of our dairy farmers, Allen said.
While dairy is not the biggest ag segment in Oklahoma, Allen said it is still very important with 130 dairy farms producing 733 million pounds of milk, equal to 85 million gallons.
Oklahoma ranks 28th in total number of dairy cows in the country.
Allen said there are a number of Dairy Month events planned, including several field days featuring farmers and students showing and judging dairy cattle.
The Dairy Max website features several recipes and stories about dairy producers. You can click here to view this site.
Allen said 95 percent of dairy farms are family owned and learning their stories is what consumers want.
Dairy is a true superfood, Allen said, noting that when you buy a gallon of milk it is only about 25 cents per serving.
There are three key nutrients, potassium, vitamin D and calcium, that adults and children need, she said.
In addition, dairy contains 13 essential nutrients in just one 25 cent serving, Allen said.
Educating the public, especially children, is an important aspect of DairyMaxís June Dairy Month promotions.
Video games with an educational message are a vital tool in teaching people about dairy, Allen said.
She encourages everyone to enjoy dairy products year around, but especially during June when a glass of ice-cold milk or a serving of ice cream can really cool things down.
You can click on the listen bar below to hear more of KCís interview with Susan Allen.
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