OUR MISSION: "TO EDUCATE, PROMOTE AND REPRESENT DAIRY PRODUCERS AND FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT FOR GROWTH OF THE KENTUCKY DAIRY INDUSTRY."
We are dairy farmers, multiple allied industries and professional advisory supporters working together to sustain and grow Kentucky's dairy industry. Dairy farmers work hard every day to provide fresh, wholesome, quality milk and dairy products to consumers. We love our land, the animals in our care and way of life on the farm. Dairy cows are economic generators. The average dairy cow generates over $13,700 in economic ripple effect each year.
June Dairy Month Proclamation
Milk the Official Beverage of Kentucky
FRANKFORT, KY (June 3, 2016) — Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by members of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, today proclaimed June as Dairy Month in Kentucky, saluting the hard-working people in the Commonwealth’s dairy industry.
“Milk is the official beverage of Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Dairy farmers and products make a vital contribution to the Commonwealth economy. With more than 63,000 milking cows, we produce more than 125 million gallons of milk. We encourage all Kentuckians to help us honor the contributions of dairy farmers and their families who work hard every day to provide fresh, wholesome milk and milk products for all to enjoy.”
“The heritage and pride our dairy farmers and producers have in their products serves as a model for agriculture in Kentucky,” Commissioner Quarles said. “They make a valuable contribution to our economy and our way of life. When you enjoy a glass of milk, or a bowl of ice cream, or a slice of cheese be sure to thank our friends and neighbors in the dairy industry.”
Kentucky had 646 dairy farms as of April 1, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that 61,000 Kentucky dairy cows produced more than 1 billion pounds of milk in 2015, 27th in the nation. Kentucky farm cash receipts from the sale of milk totaled $192 million in 2015, the NASS said. Kentucky has six commercial milk processing plants and two milk drying plants as well as numerous artisan cheese makers.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture collaborates with the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Farm Bureau, the American Dairy Association of Kentucky and other organizations to assist and promote the Commonwealth’s dairy industry.
Calendar of Events
July 22- 23 Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo. L.D. Brown Ag. Center, Bowling Green
August 17 Kentucky State Fair Dairy Skillathon and Pizza Party, KFEC 7:00 PM
August 18- 28 Kentucky State Fair
The KDDC Goals are:
1. To increase producer profitability
2. To improve dairy farmer's competitiveness
3. To enhance dairy farm families' quality of life
4. To assist in the viability of KY's dairy industry
To learn more about the KDDC
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Supported by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, The Kentucky Dairy Leadership invites you to the Bluegrass State this Fall.
The block code for NDLC is: KD3,
the rate is $104.00 with 1 breakfast voucher.
Click the link below to reserve your rooms.
KY Dairy Development Council
Kentucky Dairy Facts
MEET OUR DAIRY FARMERS
In celebration of June Dairy Month, we will be partnering with the American Dairy Association of Kentucky and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc. to highlight Kentucky dairy farmers by providing virtual tours of their farms; please visit www.junedairymonth.org to see some of the beautiful farms in Kentucky, the families who live and work on them everyday, learn about all the exciting events and activities that are happening in your area and
"Get More with Milk" during June Dairy Month.
Gail and Bill Ballance own Ballance Farms in Smith Grove, Kentucky, just outside of Bowling Green. They are second-generation farmers and have about 220 cows in the milking herd. They have about another 200 replacement heifers and calves on the farm year round. Their Daughter Julie took over feeding the calves in 2014 and now she’s with them the day they’re born and continues caring for them until they are weaned and placed into the milking herd.
www.seeitstopit.org Animal Care Starts with You. Is a helpful site for farmers to visit. The site provides materials on employee training and protocols.
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