USA: Dairy Farming: A Labor of Love
As the nation honors its work force this Labor Day, America's dairy families will be working just as they do every day to bring fresh, wholesome dairy products to the consumer, according to Dairy Management Inc. and the National Milk Producers Federation.Dairy farming is a labor-intensive occupation, and producing such a wholesome product does not come without manpower. More than 94,000 families milk and care for 9.2 million dairy cows every day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Through the efforts of the American dairy farmer, the United States has become the world's leader in cows' milk production, providing nearly 18.3 billion gallons of milk each year, reports USDA.These efforts do not go unnoticed. In a Roper Starch Worldwide consumer survey conducted earlier this year, nearly three-quarters of Americans recognize the value dairy farmers bring to their communities. In fact, 74 percent of respondents believe dairy farmers make significant contributions to society; only teachers (89 percent) and doctors (88 percent) ranked higher. Dairy Facts in Honor of Labor Day
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