It’s National Dairy Month and in Wisconsin, there is plenty of dairy to celebrate.
Whether you have long-standing traditions during June Dairy Month or are new to the celebration, here are three easy ways to celebrate dairy.
Attend a Dairy Breakfast
For nearly 50 years, local, on-the-farm dairy breakfasts have been a much-anticipated staple during June in Wisconsin. Not only do attendees get to enjoy a hot, delicious meal, but they also get to see first-hand the daily activities of a dairy farm and the families that keep the farm productive. Dairy breakfasts are fun for the whole family and a great way to see agriculture in your local community.
If you are looking for a local dairy breakfast in your area, visit Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.
Enjoy Wisconsin Cheese
With more than 5,500 awards to date, Wisconsin is home to the finest cheese in the world. Cheesemaking is an artform for our state, dating back more than 180 years. Wisconsin is home to more than 1,200 licensed cheesemakers who make more than 600 varieties of cheese.
Wisconsin is the only state with a Master Cheesemaker Program, a rigorous program for licensed cheesemakers with more than 10 years of experience. Completion of this program grants graduates the title of Master Cheesemaker, allowing them to use the Master’s Mark® on their cheese products.
For a list of cheese varieties and locations, visit Wisconsin Cheese. for a list of varieties and locations..
Milk is a drink with one powerful punch. Milk provides 13 essential nutrients: protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), cobalamin (B12), iodine, potassium, selenium and zinc. The nutrients found in milk have been shown to benefit all ages making it one of the original ‘superfoods.’
In fact, the protein found in milk has been shown to assist athletes in gaining lean muscle and losing fat as a part of a workout recovery routine. Milk has been shown to restore muscle and replenish fluids, nutrients and electrolytes that are lost during physical activity.
June is a special time to celebrate the important role dairy has in our daily diets and Wisconsin’s economy. I encourage you to enjoy Wisconsin’s finest dairy products, take in a visit on a farm and make dairy a staple at your family’s dinner table – this month and throughout the year.
Cassie Sonnentag is Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s director of media relations and outreach. Her and her husband, Allen (Bud), have one daughter and live near Cadott where they are involved in their family’s farm.
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