Virginia Dairy Month


WHEREAS,milk is the third highest selling agricultural product in Virginia, with $358 million in cash receipts in 2012; and

WHEREAS, in 2013, there were 630 licensed Grade A dairy farms, nine commercial milk processing plants, and three on-farm bottling plants in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s top dairy-producing counties in 2013 were Rockingham – 512 million pounds, Franklin – 178 million pounds, Pittsylvania –­­ 136.5 million pounds, Augusta –135 million pounds, Fauquier – 49.7 million pounds, and Clarke – 48.8 million pounds; and 

WHEREAS,milk has been the official beverage of the Commonwealth since 1982; and 

WHEREAS, a cup of milk has 8.4 grams of protein, and provides 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium and 23 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 2014 as VIRGINIA DAIRY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.