Celebrate June Dairy Month

June Dairy Month has officially arrived.  And in Wisconsin, it is quite the BIG deal!

The state of Wisconsin has a long and proud history of being a national leader in dairy production.  This tradition is celebrated each year during June Dairy Month, which provides our state with an opportunity to showcase our dairy industry and celebrate our agricultural heritage.

The dairy industry accounts for nearly 40% of all Wisconsin agriculture jobs, employing 146,000 people or approximately 4.6% of the jobs in the state.  Wisconsin dairies help to fuel our state’s economy at the rate of more than $39,000 per minute, with the average 250-cow dairy farm contributing over $1 million each year.

Wisconsin dairy producers generate over 26 billion pounds of milk each year from more than 1.25 million dairy cows.  America’s Dairyland ranks first in the nation in cheese production, with 2.6 billion pounds produced annually, and second in butter, milk and the number of dairy cows. Numerous events are planned across the state to celebrate June Dairy Month.  One in particular is my home county’s dairy breakfast!

The Iowa County Dairy Breakfast is being held tomorrow, June 2, at the Judd Farms outside of Dodgeville.  Serving from 6:30-10:30am, I invite you to come and enjoy a hearty country breakfast featuring our famous scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, ice cream sundaes, yogurt and of course, lots of CHEESE.  There will be live entertainment and a variety of great activities for kids!  Adults $6; Children ages 4-10 $3; under 3 free.

For more information on other June Dairy Month events and festivities, visit http://www.wakeupwithdairy.com, http://www.dairydoingmore.org/ or the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website at http://www.travelwisconsin.com/.

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