National Dairy Month

Digital Press Kit

National Dairy Month is a time-honored tradition. In Wisconsin, we celebrate our dairy community bigger and better than anywhere else. This year, perhaps more than ever, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our local communities and take time to meet local Wisconsin dairy farmers. Their tireless commitment to producing real, nutritious milk and other wholesome dairy products is stronger than ever.
 
Here, you’ll find everything you need to craft stories that honor the people who have dedicated their lives to making Wisconsin America’s Dairyland.


For more information or to talk with a dairy farmer, contact:
Liz Fitzsimmons
608-203-7280
lfitzsimmons@wisconsindairy.org

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Have a Dairy Good Time in Wisconsin During June

Dairy Breakfasts and Events

For more than 50 years local dairy breakfasts and events have been an iconic part of Wisconsin culture and a great way to celebrate National Dairy Month. These family-friendly events allow attendees to get out on the farm and meet the dedicated families that keep them running. It’s also a chance to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal prepared with fresh Wisconsin-made dairy products and have fun with friends and neighbors.

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Story Ideas

Moo-ving Wisconsin’s Dairy Industry Forward

Wisconsin dairy farmers take great pride in their long-standing tradition of creating delicious and nutritious products for dairy lovers around the world. They value family tradition yet are constantly evolving and innovating to move the industry forward and maintain the state’s position as a leader in the global dairy industry.  They work tirelessly to produce products that are good for you and made with care for the planet. See how these Wisconsin dairy farmers are leading the way.

Dairy Sustainability

Wisconsin dairy farmers are making significant strides when it comes to responsible dairy production and creating a greener future.

Meet the next generation of Dairy farmers

Passing down a family farm from one generation to the next is a cornerstone of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. A love of the land and a deep appreciation for preserving farming traditions is what keeps these families working together.

Women in Farming

Once considered a man’s world, today women farmers are empowered and fill many roles throughout Wisconsin’s dairy industry. From working the land to owning the farm and even leadership roles off the farm, women are a growing face of farming in Wisconsin.

Make Whey for These ‘Chef’s Kiss’ Recipes

New Recipes

Looking to elevate your meals with easy, beautiful, nutritious dairy recipes? Look no further. Here are some dairy delicious recipes to help you celebrate dairy every month in Wisconsin.

Summer Mezze Platter

Summer Food Fun

Cheddar Bacon Breakfast Egg Cups

Make Ahead Breakfast

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Quick and Easy Side

Grilled Vegetables and Juustolepia Dinner

Get Grilling

Grilled steak lettuce wraps

Light and Quick Dinner

Grilled pound cake

Dairy-Delicious Dessert

Colorful Floral Cheese Board

Get Colorful
Wisconsin’s Dairy Industry by the Numbers

Dairy Facts

Wisconsin has the most dairy farms out of any state in the nation and makes a significant impact as a leader in the global dairy industry. Keep reading to find the latest stats and facts to help round out your dairy industry stories:


Economic Impact 

  • Wisconsin dairy farmers work with cheesemakers to craft over 600 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin cheese, creating half of the nation's specialty cheese. 
  • The Wisconsin dairy industry generates a $45.6 billion economic impact, $1.26 billion in state and local taxes, and 154,000 jobs for the state annually.  
  • There are nearly 6,500 dairy farms in Wisconsin and 95% are family owned.
  • Wisconsin dairy products are enjoyed by more than 300 million consumers around the world.
  • These sources will provide additional details about Wisconsin’s dairy farmscheese and a breakdown of the economic impact by county.  


Nutrition 

  • Dairy foods like milk and cheese are a natural source of immune-boosting nutrients needed for overall wellness. In fact – there are 13 essential nutrients found in milk including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, zinc and protein. 
  • The protein in dairy – whey and casein – keeps you feeling full longer, provides energy to fuel your day and helps muscles recover while you sleep. 
  • Fermented dairy foods like yogurt are linked to health benefits including reduced inflammation, improved digestive health and healthy immune systems. 
  • Milk offers a unique and powerful combination of essential nutrients – like Vitamin B12, zinc, iodine, calcium and protein – that are essential for immunity, cognitive development and performance. 


Sustainable Farming 

  • The carbon footprint of a glass of milk is two-thirds less than it was 70 years ago, yet it still has the same nutritional benefits and great taste. 
  • Wisconsin has over 28 dairy-farmer-led watershed groups that protect hundreds of thousands of acres of land and water. 
  • Producing a gallon of milk has 19% less greenhouse gas emissions than it did in 2007. That’s equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by half a million acres of U.S. Forest every year. 
  • Thanks to the dairy community’s focus on sustainability, dairy farmers have shrunk their carbon footprint by 20%, and use 21% less land and 31% less water per gallon of milk than just three years ago.  


Female Farmers 

  • 2017 U.S. census data shows a 16% increase in the number of female farmers in Wisconsin, just over 38,500; women make up 35% of all producers in the state. 
  • Women landowners and farmers are a growing demographic. Many of them are leading local, state and national organizations such as Dairy Girl Network, Wisconsin Women in Conservation, Dairy Business Association, and Animal Agriculture Alliance.


History of National Dairy Month

  • Dairy farming has been a pillar of Wisconsin’s economy for more than 180 years.   
  • National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 to promote drinking milk. In 1939, June Dairy Month became the official title of the promotion and focused on greater use of milk and other dairy products.  
  • National Dairy Month is an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry makes to the state and the world. In Wisconsin, we celebrate National Dairy Month bigger than anywhere else with on-farm breakfast events and enjoyment of the world’s best dairy products.
Farm & Dairy Stats

Farm & Dairy Stats

Monthly farm statistics as well as Wisconsin dairy facts, milk production and milk consumption information.

Cheese Stats

Cheese Statistics

Wisconsin Cheese facts, cheese production and cheese consumption statistics.