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June is National Dairy Month

Parents have been urging their off-spring to drink their milk for generations. We all know "milk does a body good," but how much milk do we need to consume in order to achieve that good? The National Academy of Sciences recommends the following: 1 to 3 year olds need 500 mg/day of calcium or 3 servings daily, 4-8 year olds need 800 mg/day of calcium or 3 servings daily, 9-18 year olds need 1300 mg/day of calcium or 4 servings daily, 19-50 year olds need 1000 mg/day of calcium or 3 servings daily, and if you are over 51 years old, you need 1200 mg/day of calcium or 4 servings daily. Keep in mind...a serving size of dairy equals 1 cup (8 ounces) of milk, 1 cup of yogurt or 1 to 1.5 ounces of cheese, and serving sizes for children ages 1-3 are two-thirds the adult size. So do your body good, not just during National Dairy Month, but all year. Come to your library and find reading for the whole family on everything dairy!

• The Home Creamery, by Kathy Farrell-Kingsley. Butter, yogurt, ricotta, and other fresh dairy products have been made in home kitchens around the world for centuries. They are not difficult to make, require no complicated aging techniques, and offer the home cook a wonderful range of tart, sweet, nutty, silky, creamy, melty textures and flavors. With the growing availability of local, organic milk and the soaring popularity of raw milk, now is the perfect time to bring fresh dairy products back to the home kitchen.

• Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle, by Heather Smith Thomas. With nearly every supermarket now featuring an "organic" section, the demand for organically grown meat and dairy products has risen rapidly in recent years. Small farmers have taken note, and many more beginners are considering cattle as a viable farm commodity. "Getting Started with Beef & Dairy Cattle" is the essential handbook for this growing audience. With a whole new generation returning to the farm who don't have a family history of farming, this book is a much-needed resource. Heather Smith Thomas has devoted her life to passing on the knowledge, understanding, and attitude necessary to become a successful farmer.

• Clarabelle: Making Milk & So Much More, by Cris Peterson. Clarabelle, an enormous Holstein dairy cow, has just given birth to a calf, which means that her body is now producing milk. Lots of milk. On the Norswiss family dairy farm, Clarabelle is milked three times a day, with each session yielding about five gallons of milk. The dairy farm, with about twelve hundred cows on the property, has a large milking center loaded with modern technology. Feeding the cows also involves high-tech features, including a feed mixture that is specially formulated by a nutritionist and communicated via computer to the feed mixer truck. Also on the premises, the cow manure goes through a type of recycling process that produces methane for electricity and leftover solids for bedding in the cow stalls.

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