It’s June, and in Wisconsin that means it’s Dairy Month.
Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed the month-long celebration on Friday.
“We are proud to be America’s Dairyland,” Walker said in a news release. “Our state produces the best milk and cheese in the world, and thanks to our hardworking farm families, dairy processors, and agribusinesses Wisconsin produced 30.32 billion pounds of milk and a record 3.37 billion pounds of cheese last year. This industry is more than a part of our economy, it’s a part of our state’s history, our culture, and our future. I cannot wait to visit with families at farm breakfasts all around Wisconsin this month.”
June dairy breakfasts are scheduled at farms across the state throughout the month. A full schedule is available online.
According to the governor’s office, the dairy industry as a whole contributes $43.4 billion to Wisconsin’s economy each year. There are 144 cheese plants, about 1,200 licensed cheesemakers and nearly 8,600 dairy farms in Wisconsin.
In 2017, Wisconsin dairy exports were valued at $297 million. Cheese plants in the state produce more than 3.37 billion pounds of cheese each year, which is 27 percent of national cheese production.
Source: Fox 11 News