(WFXR) — All you dairy lovers out there can rejoice because June is National Dairy Month.

Whether you are an ice cream lover or love a good slice of cheese, it is time to celebrate the dairy cow.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the Virginia Dairymen’s Association compiled data about the state’s third-largest agricultural commodity.

“Virginia’s dairy farmers work year-round to produce delicious and nutritious dairy products. National Dairy Month is a celebration for the work that they do in producing the dairy products we all enjoy,” said Eric Paulson, Executive Secretary, Virginia State Dairymen’s Association.

According to VDACS and Virginia State Dairymen’s Association, there are 75,000 cows in the state and dairy cows provide an average of 2,360 gallons of milk per year.

The 2020 data shows Virginia ranks 24th in milk production and 13th in the number of licensed dairy operations.

(Infographic Courtesy: Dairy Alliance)

The top five milk-producing counties across Virginia are Rockingham, Pittsylvania, Augusta, Franklin and Washington.

“Dairy products are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, including carbohydrates, protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin. These nutrients play a vital role in reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis,” said Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, VDACS Commissioner. “Join me in celebrating the more than 450 Virginia dairy farmers by enjoying your favorite dairy item.”

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