June marks the start of summer and more time with family and friends. It’s also National Dairy Month: 30 days dedicated to celebrating the hard-working Michigan dairy farm families that produce fresh, wholesome milk every day of the year.
Throughout the month, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) is working to reconnect consumers with the farm families behind their favorite dairy foods with the Meet #MIFarmFamilies campaign. UDIM will feature Michigan dairy farm families, highlighting their passion and commitment to providing wholesome, nutritious milk and dairy products on their website and social media platforms. Additional information and farm-family inspired recipes will be available on the Milk Means More website.
With more than 97% of Michigan dairy farms being family owned and operated, dairy farming is a true Michigan tradition. What’s more, milk in Michigan is locally produced. The state’s approximately 1,800 dairy farms produce more than enough milk to supply Michigan.
“The dairy farm families of Michigan are an integral part of our state’s economic and overall wellbeing,” said Sharon Toth, CEO of United Dairy Industry of Michigan and registered dietitian. “Not only do their farms contribute to our state’s economy, the multiple generations of Michigan’s farm families enrich our communities and proudly provide the public with protein-packed milk, cheese and yogurt to build healthy bodies.”
As a local food in Michigan, milk doesn’t travel far from the farm to your table. In just 48 hours, milk moves from the farm, to the processing plant, to grocery store shelves. You can confirm the milk you buy is local by looking for the state code “26” on the gallon or carton.
Michigan’s dairy farms are home to 415,000 dairy cows, with the average cow in Michigan producing over 25,000 pounds of milk each year – or about 2,922 gallons. That milk is made into cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods, which provide nine vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy diet.
Throughout the month of June, you can meet Michigan’s dairy farm families and learn more about the foods they produce by following Milk Means More on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, searching for the Meet #MIFarmFamilies hashtag on any of the platforms, or visiting MilkMeansMore.org.