Gov. Sam Brownback declared June as Dairy Month in Kansas during a June 2 event at Royal Farms Dairy near Garden City. The official proclamation signed by the governor honors dairy producers for their contributions to the economy, animal welfare, natural resource conservation and human health.
“The Kansas dairy industry is a key piece of the overall agricultural production of our state,” said Brownback. “Dairy is one of the top prospects for growth within the Kansas animal agriculture industry.”
Legislators, media and other opinion influencers on hand for the event learned the more than 350 Kansas dairies produce 50,000 truckloads of milk annually worth $350 million. Speakers, including KLA Dairy Committee Chairman Kyle Averhoff, a partner in Royal Farms Dairy, told guests the industry’s milk output productivity is directly connected to the quality care given to cows by committed employees and the conservation of natural resources.
During an open discussion with the governor and Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman, KLA Dairy Committee members identified available labor as the issue of greatest concern. The producers told Brownback and Rodman there are good-paying jobs open at Kansas dairies, but nobody in rural Kansas to fill the positions.
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