2014 PRESS RELEASES
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June 13, 2014
CELEBRATE DAIRY MONTH AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF RICHMOND JUNE 21, 2014
~ Come meet a cow and calf from a farm in Hanover County along with other farm animals and baby Clydesdales ~
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686
What better way to encourage children to drink more refreshing, nutritious milk than by letting them see where it comes from? Visitors to the Children’s Museum of Richmond C-MOR) can do just that on June 21 when the museum, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Virginia Farm Bureau and the SE United Dairy Industry Association present Down on the Farm Day.
This interactive event will feature a cow and calf from Eastview Farm in Hanover County, and guests can talk to farmer Matt Nuckols about how milk gets from the cow to their tables. They can submit a name for the calf and the winner will receive a free year’s membership to C-MOR. Other dairy-related attractions include free milk and ice cream throughout the day, a mini petting zoo in the morning, a milking contest, cow-themed crafts and stories and, in the afternoon, baby Clydesdales from the Virginia Sport Horse Group.
To help get visitors in the mood to celebrate milk, VDACS offers these fun facts about the dairy industry in Virginia:
- Milk has been the official beverage of Virginia since 1982.
- Milk is the third highest selling agricultural product in Virginia, with $358 million in farm cash receipts in 2012.
- Virginia has 630 licensed Grade A dairy farms, nine commercial milk processing plants, and three on-farm bottling plants.
- A cup of milk has 8.4 grams of protein, and provides 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium and 23 percent of the RDA of vitamin A.
- In 2012, Virginia’s dairy farms produced more than 200.8 million gallons of milk.
- 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.