Did you know that October is National Farm to School Month? The National Farm to School program works to improve child nutrition,sustain local farm economies, and educate children about where their food comes from. Dairy farmers have a great story to tell about milk that includes how we produce a nutritious product, while caring for our animals and the land we call home.
Here's a few interesting Moo Facts you can share with kids of all ages:
There are 60,000 dairy farms in the U.S. with 11,000 dairy farms in the Midwest.
It all starts with healthy cows: a dairy cow , on average, eats 90 pounds of hay,grain and silage each day, and drinks 25-50 gallons of water.
Comfortable cows are healthy cows: cows lay down up to 14 hours each day.
Before cows are milked, everything used in milking is cleaned and sanitized.
Cows are milked 2-3 times a day.
Each cow produces about 8-9 gallons of milk a day ,or more than 90 glasses.
Milk is produced in all 50 states; the top 10 producing states are: California,Wisconsin,New York, Pennsylvania,Minnesota,Texas,New Mexico,Michigan,and Washington.
You can learn more Moo Facts and about the story of milk in the educational packet From Farm to Food to You that is available at http://www.midwestdairy.com/. Sharing the story of milk is a great way to celebrate National Farm to School Month!