Milk took center stage on January 11, 2018, better known as “National Milk Day.” January 11 is believed to be the date milk delivers started in glass bottles back in 1878. Dairy farms around the country celebrated the day by opening their farm gates to local news crews, giving people a glimpse of what they do every day to help nourish the country.
A Florida dairy invited a local news station to their farm to talk about what it takes to get milk to consumers. Dale McClellan, owner of M&B Dairy, discussed the milking process and shared that it takes roughly two days for milk to go from the parlor to store shelves.
Reed’s Dairy, a dairy farm with a milk home delivery service in Idaho’s Treasure Valley talked about the comeback of the milkman with their local newspaper.
“People really enjoy milk in glass bottles,” says owner Alan Reed. “Glass bottles keep the milk colder, people recognize a difference in taste, and they really like the glass. Plus, our customers love how they don’t have to go to the grocery store and fight the crowds.”
In Arizona, Danzeisen Dairy also celebrated by inviting the local news station out for a butter-making lesson. The dairy hosts butter-making classes for customers at their bottling plant along with farm tours. To learn more about Danzeisen Dairy read the following story from AgWeb, “Phoenix Dairy Keeps the Past--and Its Future—Alive.”
On social media the celebration continued with consumers, celebrities, politicians, athletes, producers and industry groups getting in on the fun:
Happy National Milk day! This is the "dairy go round" at Fair Oaks Farms :) So glad I finally got to see this place firsthand and am thankful for the tour they gave us yesterday! Here the cows live in free stall barns and are able to come and go as they please. They're milked 3 times a day and walk right on and off this "COWrousel" all on their own. They enjoy being milked and this farm has so many cool state of the art facilities. This place is amazing and completely surpassed my expectations. If you're ever in Northern Indiana definitely make the stop to take a tour, which is fun for the whole family and very educational. The pics and videos just don't do it justice... SO amazing to see it in person and tons of things to do! #DairyGood #FriendAFarmer #NationalMilkDayPosted by Farm Babe on Thursday, January 11, 2018
It’s #NationalMilkDay and here at the PA Farm Show we know just who to ask about all-things dairy: our Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses! 🥛 👑 🐮! #PAFarmShow #PAFS18Posted by Pennsylvania Farm Show on Thursday, January 11, 2018
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