National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world. After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to “Dairy Month.”
Did you know…?
1. Cows have 32 teeth, just like us, but they’re all on the bottom.
2. Cows drink 40 gallons of water per day, enough to fill a bathtub.
3. Dairy cows produce anywhere from 8-12 gallons of milk per day.
4. Cows have an acute sense of smell and can smell things up to six miles away.
5. In the U.S., 99% of all dairy farms are family owned and operated.
6. There are six breeds of dairy cows, but Holsteins produce 80-90% of the milk in the U.S.