June is National Dairy Month, and, well, I love cheese, so I wanted to share a few fun facts from our friends in the dairy industry.

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97% of dairy farms are family owned/operated.  51,000 families run dairy farms across the country.

Despite their Cheesehead enthusiasm, Wisconsin is actually #2 in dairy production.  California and its happy cows are #1.

Cows have a very acute sense of smell, and can smell something up to 6 miles away.  6 miles, people!

There are over 2,000 varieties of cheeses.  For help identifying 66 of them, check out this wheel (of cheese) from PopChart Lab.  Mmmm…cheese.

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The average dairy cow produces about 6 gallons of milk each day.

Yogurt alone is a $7.2 Billion dollar industry in the U.S..  For an interesting look at some of the complications of Greek yogurt’s rise to popularity, check out this article from Modern Farmer.

I love cheese about as much as I love bacon. In fact, I love cheese so much that a friend and I used to dream about opening up a cheese shop in Omaha.  For a tasty twist on an American classic like grilled cheese, just add bacon.  (Let’s be honest – “just add bacon” can be applied to pretty much any recipe or life situation.)  Or, try one of these other great grilled cheese recipes.

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Dairy farmers are some of the best industry bloggers and agvocates out there.  A few of my favorites are Dairy Carrie, Modern Farm Wife and Dairy Moos.

Thanks to all the hard working dairy farmers out there.  Keep up the good work (and all the good cheese)!

Sources:  1, 2, 3