It’s National Dairy Month!

Got milk? In Michigan, our milk is local. Our nearly 2,000 dairy farms produce more than enough milk to meet our needs and still export milk to other states.

In 2014, dairy cows in Michigan produced approximately 9.6 billion pounds of milk – or more than 1.1 billion gallons!

Michigan now ranks 6th in the nation for milk production and third in milk production per cow.

June is National Dairy Month and is a time to celebrate the contributions our dairy industry. It began in 1937 as National Milk Month, but soon changed its focus to honor all dairy products.

Michigan’s dairy industry is the top-ranking segment of the state’s food and agriculture industry, contributing $14.7 billion to the state’s economy each year.

The Michigan Senate Republicans encourage residents to salute our hard-working dairy farmers and processors for their dedication to building healthy lives and communities.

About 97 percent of Michigan’s dairy farms are family-owned. Each day our family farmers get up before dawn to help provide us with fresh and high-quality milk and other dairy products

Dairy products provide essential nutrients needed to build strong bones and a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. In addition, Michigan dairy farms and processors also provide jobs and contribute billions of dollars to our economy each year.