June is nationally designated as dairy month. There are many special events happening around the state for people to enjoy, from breakfast on the farms to farm animal meet and greets. The month gives the public an insider look at how amazing and impactful the industry is to Wisconsin — and it gives farmers a look at how other farms are being managed and gives them ideas for improvement.
Did you know?
- There are 11,000 dairy farms in Wisconsin
- 1,270,000 dairy cows
- 1,200 licensed cheese makers
- 146,000 people employed in the industry
- $26.5 billion contributed to the economy annually
- And in 2012, 27.2 billion pounds of milk was produced by Wisconsin’s dairy herd [according to Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection]
June Dairy Month Events/Activities
There may not be any better way to celebrate June Dairy month than to attend one of Wisconsin’s many breakfast on the farms.
The hearty breakfast typically consists of eggs, cheese, ice cream and milk.
The morning does not stop at breakfast, there are also wagon rides, farm animals to see, music to listen to, farm tours to go on and activities for the kids to enjoy. Finding a breakfast is easy. Go to Dairy Days of Summer and find a location near you.
If you are looking to put a little more dairy into your diet, try a dairy-inspired recipe. If homemade Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds, chilled raspberry yogurt soup, a frozen yogurt shake or a classic sundae sound appetizing to you — visit Eat Wisconsin Cheese to find complete recipes.
Let’s make a toast — with a cold glass of milk — to June dairy month!