There are plenty of ways you can celebrate Dairy Month in June

June 03, 2013

ANNAPOLIS — June is National Dairy Month, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture  encourages Marylanders to celebrate by enjoying healthy and nutritious dairy products this month and all year long.

National Dairy Month celebrates the value of milk and dairy products as part of a well-balanced diet for every American, as well as the importance of milk production to the agricultural industry.

There are 496 dairy farms in Maryland that accounted for nearly $188 million in sales in 2012, according to the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service.

National Dairy Month was established in 1937 and initially supported by the National Dairy Council to celebrate the dairy industry and to help stabilize dairy demand during periods of peak production. 

Originally called National Milk Month, the celebration is now led by the American Dairy Association and has broadened over the years to promote the greater use of dairy products through sales promotion programs and marketing campaigns.

There are many ways to celebrate National Dairy Month. Here are a few ideas:

  • Include milk— Maryland’s official state beverage — in your diet. Maryland dairy farmers supply about 114 million gallons of milk to several dairy cooperatives whose milk ends up on grocery store shelves in the region.

  • Buy cheeses produced by Maryland farmers. Fourteen farms in the state either produce cheese on their farms or have it produced off-farm with unique recipes.

  • Experience Maryland’s dairy farms firsthand on the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream trail, which features eight dairy farms that produce farm fresh ice cream and sell it directly to consumers on the farm. Anyone who visits each of the eight creameries before Sept. 16 will have a chance to be named Maryland’s Best 2013 Ice Cream Trailblazer and win assorted prizes. For more information about the trail, go to

Facts about the dairy industry in Maryland:

  • There are 496 dairy farms in Maryland.

  • Maryland’s top three dairy-producing counties are Frederick, Washington and Carroll.

  • Maryland dairy cattle are routinely judged among the best in the world at competitions.

  • Washington County dairy farmer Mary Creek was chosen Dairy Woman of the Year at the 2012 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

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