By Leigh Anne Shull
Farm Bureau Women
The Johnson County Farm Bureau Women would like to encourage the support and recognition of June Dairy Month.
June Dairy Month began in 1937 as “National Milk Month” to encourage drinking milk.
Today, the state of Tennessee has approximately 205 dairy farms according to the Dairy Alliance of Tennessee.
The top five milk-producing counties in Tennessee include Bedford, Bradley, Loudon, McMinn and Monroe.
Dairy cows in Tennessee provide an average of 1,992 gallons of milk per year, in which the total amount of milk produced within the state is 73.7 million gallons. In the year 2018, 98 percent of all milk produced in Tennessee was used and consumed in the form of fluid milk.
There are many beneficial reasons to support the dairy industry which include: Milk is produced in every state and is the perfect example of a fresh, farm-to- table product. It is also nutritious.
Milk, cheese and other dairy foods are simple, easy ways to get the energy and nutrients that your family needs.
The next time one puts milk on cereal, put cheese on pizza, or eat a cup of yogurt or ice cream, it might be a good idea to think about the dairy farmers who make it possible for all to enjoy these delicious products throughout the year.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Farm Bureau Women of Johnson County may email [email protected] for more information.