June 7, 2017: Michigan Dairy Day

WHEREAS, Michigan’s dairy industry is one of the largest agricultural sectors in the state, contributing $14.7 billion to our economy each year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan dairy herds produced nearly 11 billion pounds of milk in 2016  making our state 6th in the nation in annual milk production, representing four percent of the total U.S. production; and,

WHEREAS, the average Michigan cow produces approximately 26,280 pounds (3,056 gallons) of milk each year; and,

WHEREAS, National Dairy Month was created in 1939 and continues to offer us an opportunity to recognize the important health benefits and valuable nutrients provided by milk and dairy foods; and,

WHEREAS, National Dairy Month helps encourage Americans to reduce risks of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity, and colon cancer through consumption of dairy foods. It is estimated that most Americans are not getting enough calcium from their diets, and are thus not benefiting from optimal calcium absorption and nutrition; and,

WHEREAS, June is a great time to remember the recommendation to get three servings of dairy daily from not only milk, but also cheese and yogurt since these foods are also valuable sources of essential nutrients;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 7, 2017 as Dairy Day in Michigan.