Dairies and Consumers Celebrate National Milk Day

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 #NationalMilkDay

Posted by Farm Babe on Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

In celebration of National Milk Day, USDA Under Secretary Ibach and AMS staff raise a glass to salute American dairy farmers #raiseaglass #NationalMilkDay

Posted by U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

There’s no better place to celebrate #NationalMilkDay than the Dairy State! Thank you to all our Wisconsin dairy farmers, who make our state proud.

Posted by Governor Scott Walker on Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

What DAY is it? It’s National Milk Day! Come by the Creamery today and get a FREE Whole White Pint or Chocolate Pint! One per customer... #nationalmilkday #dairyfarm #jerseycows

Posted by Simply Natural Creamery & Jersey Farm on Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

Nothing to see here, just Travis Frederick fueling greatness with Fuel Up to Play 60 & Dairy MAX on #NationalMilkDay

Posted by Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

It's #NationalMilkDay and we are, of course, celebrating by doing what we always do: caring for cows and putting fresh,...

Posted by Flood Brothers Farm, LLC 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 #PAFS18

Posted by Pennsylvania Farm Show on Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

Celebrate #NationalMilkDay by treating yourself and your loved ones to a pint of #DanzeisenDairy milk.

Posted by Danzeisen Dairy on Thursday, January 11, 2018

How are you celebrating National Milk Day? Let us know in the comments or you can join in on the fun by using #NationalMilkDay on social media. 

 
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