Celebrating dairy month in June
We’re right in the middle of June as Dairy Month, a time when dairy products get the recognition they deserve as a great food. Drinking a glass of good, cold milk, eating a dish of your favorite ice cream or a delicious slice of cheese on your burger are all part of the fun of life. These dairy foods are also good for you.
While the number of dairy farms in this area are down sharply over the years, we still have some of the best ones in the state right here in our county. And when we drink a glass of milk, it may have come from a local dairy farm.
We also find local dairy farms that produce top quality milk. For example we have a local dairy farm that is recognized almost every year for shipping quality milk. All dairy farms have to meet ridged standards for quality to be able to sell their milk. Some that do the best job get a quality premium from the processor.
During the month of June, hundreds of dairy farms across the country will be opening their farms to visitors, according to the Innovative Center for U.S. Dairy. Cooperating farms do this to provide those who live in urban areas a chance to see where their milk comes from, how it is produced and the care given to the cows. Unfortunately we don’t have any dairy farm open houses in this area right now.
Even though there is a dairy farm within 100 miles of most consumers, the Innovative Center found that only one in 10 had ever visited or been on one. June and late summer or fall months are ideal times to invite urban visitors to a dairy farm. This provides an opportunity to show them the care given to cows and in producing and shipping top quality milk.