Last week we posted in celebration of June National Dairy Month. This week, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about dairy you might not know. Bonus: use these facts and quiz your family at the dinner table tonight. HISTORICALLY SPEAKING…
Some only get one day – we get a whole month! June marks National Dairy Month and we have a lot of reasons to celebrate here in Washington – about 460 of them! Today, Washington boasts about 460 dairy farms with about 244,000 happy cows that provide almost all of the milk Washingtonians consume. Some amazing facts about the Washington dairy industry:
Mercy For Animals (MFA) – a radical animal-rights advocacy group that wants all Americans to adopt a vegan diet – has become an experienced producer of videos chronicling what it describes as “undercover investigations” of animal cruelty it claims is commonplace in American agriculture. No doubt some of this video material will be on display when MFA’s “Farm to Fridge” national tour visits Spokane and Seattle this week. The footage is sure to shock and disgust anyone who takes seriously our responsibility to care for the animals from which we derive many of our foods – as it is intended t
Whether it’s cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss or parmesan, everyone seems to have a favorite cheese. Put on crackers, grilled into a sandwich or melted onto a burger, cheese can be eaten in many different ways and is a staple in most households. Cheese is a concentrated dairy food made from milk. Considering that it takes about 10 pounds (5 quarts) of milk to make 1 pound of whole milk cheese, cheese is a nutrient-dense food. Cheese provides calories; high-quality protein; vitamins; and minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus and zinc.
Making sure kids get enough calcium is an ongoing challenge for many parents. Crucial to building bone mass, calcium helps guard against bone fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Recommended allowances are below, along with a handful of snack ideas to make getting enough calcium easier.
Today marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, an annual celebration to inspire people to live more sustainable lives. As dairy farmers, we’re all about preserving the land we depend on and encourage others to treat every day as Earth Day.
Even taking small steps toward sustainability can add up to big change. Whether you pledge to plant a tree, swap to a compact fluorescent light bulb or carpool with a coworker, you can help make a difference. Here are some other ideas:
Dairy farm families in Washington are as outraged and sickened by depictions of animal brutality in a video released by an animal rights group as are all other Washingtonians. The actions depicted in the video – released on April 20, 2011 – are appalling and absolutely unacceptable.
America’s dairy industry takes claims about animal mistreatment very seriously. We trust that state and local authorities in Texas will respond aggressively to investigate this particular case and take appropriate action against everyone responsible for the perpetration of these acts.