Florida’s Dairy Industry

June is National Dairy Month!!

Florida’s dairy industry is home to more than 125,000 cows and about 100 farming families. Through hard work and resourcefulness, Florida’s dairy farmers are able to produce more than 300 million gallons of milk each year which ranks 19th out of the 50 states. On average, each cow can supply between 6 and 10 gallons of milk each day and that milk goes from the farm to a grocery store near you in less than 48 hours.

To learn more visit www.floridamilk.com and check out a spotlight on a few of our resources below:

Dairy 101
Come on a moo-ving journey and learn about the Florida Dairy Industry, the health benefits of milk and how milk travels from the farm to the fridge. The lessons include how science and technology help make Florida dairy farms environmentally sustainable and more efficient. Included are lesson plans, posters, white board activities and more. Take your students on this journey of milk at http://www.floridamilk.com/in-the-schools/resources/dairy-101/

Harvest of the Month-Dairy
The Dairy Council of Florida partnered with Florida’s Farm to School Harvest of the Month educational program to bring you a spotlight on dairy. Through the activities provided students will learn about delicious dairy by incorporating math, science, social studies and by gardening. To get started with these activities please visit http://www.floridamilk.com/in-the-schools/resources/harvest-of-the-month.stml

Farm to School in the Classroom
National Dairy Council partnered with Discovery Education to bring classrooms a behind-the-scenes look at learning about life on a dairy farm and dairy’s journey from farm to table. To take a virtual field trip, 360 video and access educator guides visit https://www.discoverundeniablydairy.com/

Visit a Florida Dairy Farm
Florida Dairy Farmers takes you on a tour of Shenandoah Dairy, located in Live Oak, Florida. Learn about how they care for the cows, where cows spend their time, what they eat and how they practice sustainability on the farm. You can take a virtual tour of this farm at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEQdevziyYE&t=15s.

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