June is Dairy Month and Illinoisans have plenty of chances to get an up-close look at dairy operations throughout the state.
This Saturday, June 16, is a big day in JoDaviess County with an event called “Beyond the Barn.” Visitors can tour three different farms during the day. In Livingston County, Kilgus Farmstead hosts the “Breakfast on the Farm” also on Saturday south of Fairbury, allowing folks to enjoy breakfast and farm tours throughout the morning. Kids activities are also offered.
A farm in Boone County, which is believed to have the only carousel milker in the state, will serve a breakfast and have antique farm machinery on display. Also, the Marcoot and Ropp farms in Illinois are promoting the dairy industry during Dairy Month.
“World Milk Day” kicked off the dairy activities on June 1. The new Undeniably Dairy campaign not only represents dairy farmers but also focuses on the beautiful animals producing milk.
Marla Behrends of Midwest Dairy says there are plenty of tasty options to enjoy during June and all year round.
“I just like the plain yogurt we have and I put a lot of fresh berries and things like that on it,” Behrends said.
Greek yogurt is also gaining popularity among consumers. A big glass of milk with lunch or dinner provides plenty of nutrition benefits.
“It has the nine essential vitamins and nutrients. We all love milk,” Behrends noted.