Governor Deval Patrick joined leaders of the Massachusetts dairy industry at Hornstra Farms in Norwell on June 5th to kick of f June as Dairy Month. “Our state’s dairy farmers work year-round, every day of the week, to produce local dairy products that are both delicious and healthful,” said Governor Patrick. “I want to thank them for their hard work and applaud them for the economic benefits their industry provides to the Commonwealth.”
June Dairy Month started in 1937 to help celebrate the dairy industry and the positive, healthful contributions to society dairy gives us. Whether it be its great source of calcium, the 8 other essential nutrients it provides, or the yummy ice cream treat it can be made into.
There are over 155 dairy farms in Massachusetts, many of which have recognized the benefits of and decided to diversify to other products including produce, poultry, maple syrup, and honey. According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, Massachusetts’s dairy farms generated $43.9 million in sales in 2010. The importance of Massachusetts’s dairy products is being highlighted this month through an MBTA commuter rail campaign, sponsored by the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board
In honor of June dairy month, try to support your local dairy farmers, go take a tour or start buying your milk from them! For more information on this month long celebration or your local dairy network, check out the following websites!
Submitted by Sasha Laferte