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June is Dairy Month

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Cows eating hay on a Midwest dairy farm. (Reuters)
Cows eating hay on a Midwest dairy farm. (Reuters)

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared June as “Dairy Month” in South Dakota. The state has more than 370 dairy producers with 91,000 cows that provide quality dairy products for consumers to enjoy every day.

“Our dairy farms here in South Dakota produce over 1.8 billion pounds of milk per year,” said Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. “The dairy industry is very important to our state’s rural and urban economies.”

Each dairy cow in the state has a $14,042 economic impact on the local economy. The dairy industry as a whole has an annual economic impact of more than $1.27 billion in South Dakota.

The Governor’s proclamation also notes that people are recommended to consume three servings of dairy products every day.

Agriculture is South Dakota's No. 1 industry, generating over $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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