Texas is the No. 5 milk-producing state in the U.S. at about 12.6 billion pounds of milk annually, worth $19 million.

Jan. 12 was National Milk Day. Milk production and consumer demand continue to thrive because of milk’s many uses and benefits.

Consumers are buying more milk, cheese, yogurt and other products, and we expect that trend to continue.

Texas is the No. 5 milk-producing state in the U.S. at about 12.6 billion pounds of milk annually, worth $19 million. The direct economic impact of dairy production in Texas amounts to more than $3.3 billion annually. 

The Texas Association of Dairymen reported milk products bring almost $39.5 billion into the state’s economy. Here in Brown County milk production accounts for approximately $8.5 million annually. 

Milk to mozzarella 

Milk is consumed directly or used in a variety of products, from yogurt, butter and ice cream to supplements for fitness. It has nine essential nutrients important for repairing and building muscles, building and maintaining strong bones and teeth, helping the body utilize carbohydrates, fats and protein and helping with eye health. 

One by-product of milk when producing cheese is whey, she said. Whey is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids the body needs. Often this by-product is used in protein shakes, energy bars and yogurt. Whey can also be added to baked goods and soups to increase their nutritional value. 

Milk facts 

• It takes eight pounds of milk to make one gallon of fluid milk.

• It takes 10 pounds of milk to produce one pound of cheese.

• It takes 12 pounds of milk to produce one gallon of ice cream.

• A single cow can produce 1,900 pounds of milk per month.

• The average American consumes 40 pounds of cheese, 20 pounds of ice cream and 140 pounds of fluid milk per year.

 

BROWN COUNTY LIVESTOCK & WILDLIFE PRODUCERS MEETING JAN. 27

 

If you are involved in livestock/wildlife production or have an interest in natural resources management, you understand that protecting your animals is critical and death loss is expensive. Just last year Brown County producers indicated that livestock/wildlife dollar losses to predators cost them over $2 per acre minimum.

Predator and nuisance wildlife numbers continue to increase. What can you do to minimize these losses? Individually you can make some progress if you are knowledgeable and diligent. However, if there are a group of folks all focused more headway can be made.

With that in mind the annual meeting of the Brown County Livestock & Wildlife Producer’s Association will be Monday, January 27, 2020. It will be held at the Brown County Extension Office located at 605 Fisk Avenue in Brownwood beginning at 6:00pm.

You do not have to be a member to attend. New members are always welcome. Now is your chance to be a part of a group addressing this issue. There is no cost to attend this meeting.

For more information contact Scott Anderson, CEA-AGNR Brown County at 325-646-0386.