June 11, 2014: Dairy Day

WHEREAS, the dairy industry is one of the largest agricultural industries in Michigan and makes a $14.7 billion impact to the state’s economy each year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan dairy herds produce approximately 9.2 billion pounds of milk each year making our state 7th in the nation in annual milk production, representing four percent of the total U.S. production; and,

WHEREAS, the average Michigan cow produces approximately 24,116 pounds of milk each year. That’s 2,804 gallons of milk a year, or more than eight gallons of milk every day per milking period - enough for 128 people to have a glass of milk every day; and,

WHEREAS, National Dairy Month was created in 1939 and continues to offer us an opportunity to recognize the important health benefits and valuable nutrients provided by milk and dairy foods; and,

WHEREAS, National Dairy Month helps encourage Americans to reduce risks of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity, and colon cancer through consumption of dairy foods. It is estimated that most Americans are not getting enough calcium from their diets, and are thus not benefiting from optimal calcium absorption and nutrition;

WHEREAS, June is a great time to remember the recommendation to get three servings of dairy daily – not only milk, but also cheese and yogurt, since these foods are also valuable and tasty sources of essential nutrients.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby declare June 11, 2014 as Dairy Dayin Michigan.