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June 2, 2014
GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE SALUTES VIRGINIA’S OFFICIAL STATE BEVERAGE WITH JUNE DAIRY MONTH PROCLAMATION
~ Celebrate Dairy Month by the numbers ~
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

With a reminder that milk is the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed June as Dairy Month in the Commonwealth. He cites the following numbers in his proclamation in celebration of milk, its economic importance to Virginia and its health benefits to all citizens:

Here’s another important number about milk. According to Crafton Wilkes, Administrator of the State Milk Commission at VDACS, milk is sold commercially by the hundredweight, not gallons. Making that conversion is a mathematical formula that goes like this: 8.6 pounds equal one gallon; thus 100 pounds of milk would be about 11.6 gallons.

And the numbers continue. In 2012, Virginia’s dairy farms produced more than 200.8 million gallons of milk (1.73 billion pounds). More specifically, each of Virginia’s 96,000 dairy cows produced an average of 6.9 gallons of milk every day, enough to make 5.9 pounds of cheese or 2.8 pounds of butter. To produce this much milk, an average cow consumed 40 gallons of water, 25 pounds of grain and feed concentrates and 60 pounds of corn silage each day.

More information on the value of dairy in your diet is available here. More numbers and facts about Virginia agriculture are available here.

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