Agriculture Commissioner Proclaims June as Dairy Month in Kentucky - Kentucky Farm Bureau

Agriculture Commissioner Proclaims June as Dairy Month in Kentucky

Posted on Jun 20, 2024

Commissioner of Agriculture Jonathan Shell joined dairy industry representatives and dairy producers on Tuesday, June 18, to sign a proclamation honoring the dairy industry and June as Dairy Month in Kentucky. The proclamation was signed during Dairy Nights at the Ballgames at a Lexington Legends baseball game.

“Kentucky dairy farmers are among the hardest working individuals,” Commissioner Shell said. “During June we take time to honor these farmers for their work and the wholesome and nutritious dairy products we all enjoy. Through the years, our dairy partners, as a group, have made the necessary changes to adapt to a changing agricultural environment. June is the perfect time to celebrate Dairy Month and honor the service and the hard work of the Kentucky dairy farmer.”

The dairy cattle industry decreased slightly for 2024, from 45,000 the previous years to 43,000 at the beginning of January. Kentucky’s 43,000 dairy cows produce milk – the Official Beverage of Kentucky – along with ice cream, artisan cheeses, and other tasty dairy products. Dairy farmers help provide Kentucky families with the calcium, protein, vitamins, and minerals they need to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

On average, each dairy cow produces nearly 6.7 gallons of milk a day, meaning Kentucky dairy cows produce more than 105 million gallons of milk each year. Milk ranks eighth as a Kentucky agriculture product with Kentucky dairy producers receiving more than $196 million in cash receipts from sales of dairy products. On average each dairy cow generates more than $13,700 in economic ripple effect each year. Barren County has the most dairy cows, followed by Adair, Logan, Christian, and Todd counties.

“As we celebrate June Dairy Month Kentucky dairy farmers continue to elevate the bar for production and efficiency. Adoption of new developments in housing, genetics, and nutrition helps our dairy producers to stay at the forefront of dairy production, competing well in national recognition,” said Freeman Brundige, Kentucky Dairy Development Council President. “The support from state organizations that work with our industry is greatly appreciated and always needed. The dairy farms of the state give a big thumbs up to everyone that supports and helps our great industry to continue to be a big part of the Kentucky Agricultural Economy. Enjoy delicious Kentucky dairy products in June Dairy Month and the rest of the year.”

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture helps Kentucky dairy farmers and processors find new markets for their products and conducts dairy cattle shows across the state. For more about the department’s services to the dairy industry, go to


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