June is Dairy Month

The typical dairy farm in Florida is a family business.

Florida produced 2.58 billion pounds of milk in 2015, averaging 20,656 pounds per cow. Good animal care supports the production of quality, wholesome milk.

Lafayette and Okeechobee are Florida’s leading dairy counties.

Milk and dairy products have many health benefits such as calcium and vitamin D, along with many other vitamins and minerals.

“These nutrients help keep us healthy,” said Nan Jensen, a family and consumer sciences agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. “Calcium builds and maintains strong bones and teeth and helps reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Phosphorous and vitamin D partner with calcium to keep bones strong as well.”

For more information about Florida dairies, visit the University of Florida.