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Get out and celebrate June Dairy MonthGet out and celebrate June Dairy Month

More than two dozen dairy breakfasts are planned throughout Wisconsin.

Fran O'Leary

April 25, 2023

2 Min Read
Milk, cheeses, yogurt on table
NUTRITIOUS FOOD: Celebrate June Dairy Month at one of the dozens of Breakfasts on the Farm around the state. AlexPro9500/GETTY IMAGES

Warmer weather and your favorite summertime celebrations are coming fast. Everybody knows June is Dairy Month, but many people take it for granted. Make plans to get out and celebrate National June Dairy Month this year at one of the Breakfasts on the Farm held around Wisconsin. Check out the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin website for a map and locations of more than two dozen breakfasts planned across the state during the month of June.

Following are some fun facts about the dairy industry. Share them with your family and friends.

  • National June Dairy Month began as National Milk Month in 1937, to promote drinking milk.

  • Wisconsin held its first June Dairy Month in 1939, expanding the celebration to include milk, cheese, butter and ice cream.

  • Wisconsin is home to 1.27 million dairy cows.

  • Wisconsin has more dairy cows per square mile than any other state.

  • The average annual milk production for a dairy cow is 24,067 pounds, as of 2022.

  • Ninety percent of Wisconsin milk is made into cheese.

  • It takes 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese.

  • There are 600 different types, varieties and styles of cheese made in Wisconsin.

  • Brick cheese was invented in Wisconsin in 1877 and named for its brick-like shape, created when real bricks are used to press moisture from the cheese.

  • Colby cheese was created in Colby, Wis., in 1885.

  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

  • More than 300 different flavors of ice cream are produced in Wisconsin.

  • It takes 21.8 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of butter.

  • The U. S. dairy industry supports 3 million jobs.

Last year, the average American consumed 655 pounds of dairy in milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and other wholesome and nutritious dairy foods, demonstrating a resilient and growing love for all things dairy. Here are some more fun facts about dairy consumption:

  • The average American now eats 38 pounds of cheese a year — more than twice as much as in 1975.

  • On average, Wisconsin residents consume 14 pints of ice cream per year.

  • The top five ice cream flavors are chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate, cookie dough and butter pecan. Chocolate passed up vanilla as the No. 1 ice cream flavor in 2022.

  • The average American consumes 6.5 pounds of butter in a year.

  • There are 13 essential vitamins and nutrients found in milk.

  • Milk is Wisconsin’s official state beverage.

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About the Author(s)

Fran O'Leary

Wisconsin Agriculturist Editor

Even though Fran was born and raised on a farm in Illinois, she has spent most of her life in Wisconsin. She moved to the state when she was 18 years old and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Fran has 25 years of experience writing, editing and taking pictures. Before becoming editor of the Wisconsin Agriculturist in 2003, she worked at Johnson Hill Press in Fort Atkinson as a writer and editor of farm business publications and at the Janesville Gazette in Janesville as farm editor and feature writer. Later, she signed on as a public relations associate at Bader Rutter in Brookfield, and served as managing editor and farm editor at The Reporter, a daily newspaper in Fond du Lac.

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