Holy cow, it’s that time of year again!

June is National Dairy Month and we’re going to milk it for all it’s worth. Let’s start from the beginning.

“National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk,” says the International Dairy Foods Association. “It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world after the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to  National Dairy Month.”

It’s a great reminder to kick off the summer on a healthy note with nutrient-rich dairy foods. In case you didn’t know, dairy products are natural nutrient powerhouses.

Dairy contains a variety of essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, protein, vitamins & minerals, omega 3s, and so much more. Many of these nutrients may help you build and repair muscle tissue, manage your weight, reduce your risk of high blood pressure, maintain healthy skin, and lower your risk of osteoporosis and even certain cancers.

Hart Dairy’s cows are 100% pasture-raised and grass-fed 365 days a year.

Hart Dairy is located in the hart (pun intended) of Georgia, right outside of Augusta. Believe it or not, Georgia is actually home to about 81,000 dairy cows producing roughly 206 million gallons of milk annually.

At Hart Dairy, our farms are located in a “sweet spot” where annual rainfall and temperature conditions are ideal for 365-day grazing. Our cows are never confined and always on-pasture (grass) every single day of the year.

Want to learn more about Georgia’s Dairy Industry? Check out this Georgia Dairy Fact Sheet from our friends at The Dairy Alliance.

We encourage you to take a moment this June to celebrate America’s hardworking dairy farmers – as well as the delicious (and nutritious!) dairy foods that nourish our bodies, feed our families, and foster a sustainable future.

There are many ways you can celebrate June Dairy Month, and we encourage you to get creative. For example, you can host dairy-themed events — like taste tests of milk/cheese/yogurt/ice cream with friends & family. You can try out a new dairy recipe. You can go tour a local dairy farm. Or you can spread the word on social media, letting your friends know about the benefits of dairy foods.

Join us as we raise a cold glass to the dairy farmers and their families across America. Let the good times flow!