June Dairy Month is a big deal in Wisconsin. Although “America’s Dairyland” no longer holds the title for having the most cows, I assure you that Wisconsinites’ love for dairy runs deep. After all, how many states can say they wear cheese hats to football games?
June Dairy Month is a time to give thanks and highlight our state’s dairy farmers and processors. One of my favorite things about June Dairy Month is having the opportunity visit farms around the state for dairy breakfasts, farm tours, and more. No two farms are the same and it is exciting to see how each farm operates differently. Even though each farm is unique, all farmers are focused on providing the best care possible for their land and animals.
This monthlong celebration of dairy has a proud heritage in Wisconsin. It started in 1937 when National Milk Month was established nationwide in response to a surplus in milk from spring calving. By 1939, National Milk Month grew to encompass all dairy products, and in 1940, Wisconsin Gov. Julius Heil proclaimed June as Dairy Month.
In Wisconsin, many dairy farms and families open their gates to visitors at breakfasts and tours, while grocery stores and other businesses feature dairy products during the month. Most counties coordinate a dairy breakfast or brunch that features Wisconsin dairy products, including milk, cheese, and ice cream. These events give people from farms and cities a chance to meet, mingle, and discuss Wisconsin’s rich agriculture industry. Dairy breakfasts often take place on a dairy farm where you can pet a cow or calf, watch the milking process, and meet some of the farmers who work to keep Wisconsin America’s Dairyland.
June Dairy Month events
This June, many county dairy promotion groups are planning in-person or drive-thru June Dairy Month events. These are wonderful opportunities to explore your local agricultural community, show support for local farmers, and fill up on delicious Wisconsin dairy products.
Courtesy of DAIRY FARMERS OF WISCONSINDAIRY ON DISPLAY: In Wisconsin, many dairy farms and families open their gates to visitors at breakfasts and tours, while grocery stores and other businesses feature dairy products during the month.
In Wisconsin, the dairy industry’s impact on our state’s economy is more than $45 billion. Producing high quality dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream is what our farmers and processors do best.
I encourage you to watch your local news for more information about June Dairy Month celebrations near you. You can also celebrate June Dairy Month and support local dairy farmers by including dairy products in your diet and looking for Wisconsin dairy products in stores. Learn more at wisconsindairy.org.
Nunes is the 73rd Alice in Dairyland.