June Dairy Month
Get More with Milk!
Get More with Milk: Celebrate June Dairy Month
Since 1939, June Dairy Month has encouraged families to make milk their first beverage choice based on its nutrition and value. Dairy’s rich history continues with communities, companies and people from across the region observing June Dairy Month in a variety of ways. In the Southeast, dairy farm families often open their gates to visitors for tours, while local fairs and festivals offer taste testing and dairy parades featuring delicious dairy products.
This June, pay tribute to dairy farmers across the Southeast by participating in one of the many local, county, parish or state events planned for your area.
State Dairy Fact Sheets
The Origins of June Dairy Month
June Dairy Month started out as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm months of summer. The commemoration was established in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “dairy month.”
Whether it’s in coffee, cereal or smoothies, adding one more serving of milk to your family’s day can help ensure they get the nutrients they need to build strong bones and teeth. Trusted for decades, dairy farm families pride themselves on producing wholesome dairy foods that help their families grow up strong and healthy.
There is no moo-staking the facts about dairy:
- “Get More with Milk” in June with wholesome dairy foods that offer nine essential nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and potassium, which according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are “nutrients of concern” for both children and adults.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), with dairy remaining an important part of dietary recommendations. The updated DGA reinforces the importance of consuming three daily servings of dairy foods like milk and cheese. The new guidelines also 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 are typically lacking in American diets: calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
- Dairy’s unique combination of nutrients plays key roles in preventing heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Dairy is important for building strong bones and teeth.
- When planning meals, choose milk, cheese and yogurt, all of which are excellent sources of calcium, vitamin D and potassium to help fuel your body.
- Research shows consuming dairy improves overall diet quality and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure and obesity.
- Cow’s milk offers a superior nutrient package over alternative beverages such as soy, almond, rice or coconut. Fat-free cow’s milk contains 15 fewer calories per glass, 70 percent more potassium and almost twice as much protein as many calcium-fortified soy beverages. Most of the alternative drinks have only half of the nutrients of real milk and cost nearly twice as much.
- Both organic and regular dairy foods contain the same essential nutrients that make dairy foods an important part of a healthy eating plan, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Whether people choose regular or organic, they should feel good about consuming all varieties of dairy foods as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
- Fortunately, people who are sensitive to lactose can consume dairy foods that are lactose-reduced or lactose-free.
On the Farm:
- Dairy farming is a family tradition, one that has been a way of life for many generations. Ninety-eight percent of dairy farms are family owned and operated.
- Dairy farmers are dedicated and take pride in caring for their cows by working closely with veterinarians to keep their cows healthy and comfortable. Dairy cows receive regular checkups, vaccinations and prompt medical treatment.
- Dairy farmers work hard to provide your family with the same safe and wholesome dairy foods they give to their children. Dairy farmers follow strict Food and Drug Administration guidelines and process all dairy foods in a safe environment.
- Despite rising fuel and feed costs, milk continues to be a great value at about 25 cents per 8-ounce glass.
June Dairy Month 2016 Events