Everybody knows June is Dairy Month, but many people take it for granted. Get out and celebrate June Dairy Month at one of the dozens of Breakfasts on the Farm around the state this month. For a list of times, dates and locations, check out the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's interactive map at www.DairyDaysOfSummer.com. The locator map features many of the more than 70 dairy farms across the state that welcome the public to enjoy a hearty breakfast during the month of June.
The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has compiled a list of fun facts about the dairy industry. Share them with your family and friends.
•Several popular cheese varieties were invented in Wisconsin. Brick Cheese was invented in 1877 and named for its brick-like shape created when real bricks are used to press moisture from the cheese. And Colby Cheese was created in Colby, Wis., in 1885.
•It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
•National June Dairy Month began as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. Wisconsin held its first June Dairy Month in 1939, expanding the celebration to include milk, cheese, butter and ice cream.
•Several popular cheese varieties were invented in Wisconsin. Brick Cheese was invented in 1877 and named for its brick-like shape created when real bricks are used to press moisture from the cheese. And Colby Cheese was created in Colby, Wis. in 1885.
•Dairy is the largest segment of Wisconsin Agriculture, employing 146,000 people across 300 different careers.
•Wisconsin is currently home to 1.27 million dairy cows – that's as many cows as there are Wisconsin school children!
•Wisconsin has more dairy cows per square mile than any other state.
•The average yearly milk production for a Wisconsin cow is 21,693 pounds (or 2,522 gallons). That's more than 40,300 8-ounce glasses of milk from just one cow – enough for you to drink 110 glasses of milk every day for a year!
Here are some more interesting facts:
•It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.
•Wisconsin cheesemakers produced a record-breaking 2.8 billion pounds of cheese in 2013; 52.6 million pounds more than 2012. If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank 4th in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the U.S., Germany and France, and just ahead of Italy.
•Finding a favorite ice cream flavor in Wisconsin requires lots of sampling – there are more than 300 different flavors produced within the state.
•It takes 21.8 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.
•U.S. per-capita milk consumption is 204.8 pounds
•The average American now eats 32.5 pounds of cheese a year, more than twice as much as in 1975.•The top ?ve ice cream ?avors are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip and butter pecan.