National Milk Day January 11, 2017 Rich, creamy milk is a kitchen staple—whether you use it in cereal, as an ingredient in recipes or just drink it on its own. And, of course, it’s a required component for school meal programs, because it packs such an impressive nutrient punch! One cup of milk provides significant portions of daily recommended targets for calcium (30%) and vitamin D (25%). Why is this day singled out to celebrate milk? It commemorates the date in 1878 when milk started being delivered in sterilized glass bottles. Want to share some other fun dairy trivia with your students? • There are roughly 350 “squirts” in a gallon of milk. • An average dairy cow produces enough milk to fill 6 gallons each day—that’s almost 350 glasses of milk from just one cow! • More than one-third of the milk produced in the U.S. each year is used to produce cheese. • More than 1,000 new dairy products are introduced every year. • Today, milk is sold throughout the world in glass bottles, plastic jugs, waxed cardboard containers and even plastic bags!
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