Good afternoon!
Joe is on vacation this week, but I’m here holding down the fort!
Today on the show I talked a lot about dairy, because June is dairy month!
Check out the history of dairy month and some fun dairy facts below!

Also, do like my cheesy banner? HA! 🙂

Studying the history of Dairy takes us back far into the past, as dairy products have been with us since we first learned to domesticate an animal. You could even take it back a bit further and realize that the first food eaten by our most ancient ancestors was milk drawn from their mother’s breast. From there on out milk has been there to help us grow strong, healthy, and enjoy some amazing and delicious treats. 1937 saw the establishment of Dairy Month, a campaign to help encourage people to strengthen bones and build a foundation of good health by drinking rich, creamy, healthful milk. Throughout the nation dairy farmers start preparing to share the wonderful things that are included in the long and broad range of Dairy products.
Read more about the history of dairy month here!

Here’s some fun dairy facts!

  • A cow will produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day.
    That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year!
  • U.S. dairy farms produce roughly 21 billion gallons of milk annually.
  • Fresh milk will stay fresher longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart.
  • To get the amount of calcium in an 8-ounce glass of milk, you’d have to eat one-fourth cup of broccoli, seven oranges or six slices of wheat bread.
  • A cow is more valuable for its milk, cheese, butter and yogurt than for its beef.
  • More than 1,000 new dairy products are introduced each year.
  • A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
  • Cows eat about 100 pounds of food every day and drink 50 gallons of water.
  • Cows have an acute sense of smell, and can smell something up to six miles away.

WHAT IF I”M LACTOSE INTOLERANT?! I NEED CALCIUM, RIGHT!?
Yes, of course you do. An 8-oz glass of milk contains around 300mg of calcium. You need around 600-700mg of calcium a day, but if you can’t get it from calcium rich dairy, you can get it from sources like spinach, kale, okra, collards, soybeans, white beans, and some fish, like sardines, salmon, perch, and rainbow trout.

For the Mystery Monday Mystery Question we delved into the average consumption of milk for the average American! Check out the question!
QUESTION: How many gallons of milk each year does the average American consume?ANSWER: The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk a year.

Congrats to our winner, Ruth from Utica, who guessed correctly and received a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly

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