June is National Dairy Month
Whether it's a refreshing glass of milk, a flavorful scoop of ice cream or a delicious slather of butter on toast, all of your favorite dairy products are thanks to Illinois dairy farmers and their dairy cows! Join us in celebrating Dairy farmers all month long by participating in our local Dairy Farm Scavenger Hunt!
Join Shelby County Farm Bureau for a Dairy Hunt and earn free Ice Cream at the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fair, July 17-21, and a chance to win an insulated Illinois Farm Bureau tote! Scroll down to download
Where can you buy local milk? Right from the grocery store! That's because every container of fresh milk comes from a dairy farm near you.
Did you know: milk from our family owned farms is in your local store within 48 hours!
Where Is My Milk From?
Did you know: the fresh milk in your fridge comes from a local dairy farm near you?
Don't believe it? See for yourself and find out where you milk is coming from by using the tracking code placed on every Prairie Farms milk container! Start by locating the code on your package (typically printed near the top of the container, on the lid or label) and enter it online at http://whereismymilkfrom.com/. It's as simple as that!
Did you know: Lactose intolerance is a type of food sensitivity - not an allergy!
Having a lactose intolerance is the result of your body not having enough lactase, which is an enzyme that allows your body to digest lactose. Lactose is the natural carbohydrate in milk. Lactose intolerance varies, meaning different people can tolerate different amounts of lactose. Most people can continue to enjoy the delicious taste and health benefits of low fat and fat free dairy foods by drinking small amounts of lactose-free milk.
When you purchase delicious and nutritious dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt from the grocery store, you are supporting a local farm family.
Did you know: 95% of Illinois dairy farms are family owned!
DAIRY IN YOUR DIET
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends low fat and fat free milk and dairy foods as apart of an overall healthy diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends 3 cups of low fat or fat free milk and dairy foods daily for those 9 years or older, 2 1/2 servings for those 4-8 years old, and 2 servings for those 2-3 years old.
Did you know: One serving of dairy is equal to an 8 ounce glass of milk, a 6oz container of yogurt, or 1 1/2oz. of natural cheese.
LACTOSE-FREE MILK (from a cow)?
Yes! That's right. a2 Milk® is naturally occurring in all cows milk. All milk is made up of lactose (milk sugar), fat, minerals and protein. Casein is the main protein found in milk, and the type of casein present is what sets a2 Milk apart from ordinary milk. There are two types of beta-casein: A1 and A2. Most cows' milk available on grocery store shelves contain a combination. a2 Milk comes from cows that only produce A2 protein and no A1 protein.
Think of it like mom has brown eyes and dad has blue eyes. The trait for blue eyes is recessive and only shows up if both parents pass on the recessive blue eye trait. The probably of having a blue eyed offspring is 25%-50% (depending on the genetic makeup of mom).