Yes today, January 11th, is National Milk Day and if you didn't know Michigan produces a lot of it, so here's some facts. First off if you have lived in Michigan for more than a few months you will see that Michigan has a lot farms and milk farms, actually more than 1,500 of them. Also on these 1,500 dairy farm, which are mostly owned by families, they care for over 428,000 cows. So that means that the average dairy herd on most Michigan dairy farms is about 300 cows!

Michigan is also one of the biggest states to produce milk, as in 2017, Michigan ranked 5th in milk production by producing 11.2 billion pounds of milk. That means that the average Michigan cow produces 25,957 pounds of milk each year. So our cows are working really hard as they produce about over 3,000 gallons of milk!

In addition, we consume gallons of milk every year which is good as it is one of the best sources of calcium available, as one cup of milk has 300 mg of calcium. Also milk contains the 9 essential vitamins and nutrients such as;  calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin.

So you can celebrate today with a glass of milk, or chocolate milk, or a bowl of cereal. Enjoy and you can see Michigan Milk facts here, and also more here.