4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Celebrating June Dairy Month!

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— Tina Peterson, with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, talks about celebrating June Dairy Month and prepares some recipes.
June Dairy Month is a time when all come together to embrace our title as the one and only, America’s Dairyland. A celebration of this scale for National Dairy Month doesn’t happen anywhere else in the country. Wisconsin’s dairy industry contributes more than $43.4 billion to the state's economy.
Since the 1970s, communities have come together to celebrate Wisconsin’s diary industry with delicious dairy-filled breakfasts. Held throughout the state and open to everyone, these farm breakfasts are a wonderful opportunity to meet our dairy farmers, explore barns, and, of course, enjoy some delicious, homemade cooking. Attendees can also participate in on-the-farm activities including farm, barn and milking parlor tours, wagon rides and interacting with farm animals.
Fun Facts
• It takes 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese
• It takes 22 pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.
• Wisconsin produces over 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese.
• The first dairy breakfast was hosted by a Jefferson County family on their farm in 1970
• 96% of Wisconsin dairy farms are family owned.
• Milk is Wisconsin’s official state beverage.
• The average American consumes 36 pounds of cheese per year
• About 72 percent of the calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from dairy foods.
• The most popular cheese in America is mozzarella.
• If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank fourth in the world in terms of total cheese production, behind the U.S., Germany and France, and just ahead of Italy.
• The first official Wisconsin cheese was created by Anne Pickett of Lake Mills in 1841. The historic feat was accomplished when Pickett combined milk from her neighbors’ cows to that of her own.
• In 1939, the phrase “America’s Dairyland” was added to the Wisconsin license plate by the legislature, after earning the title in 1930.