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Memoirs of a Dairy Princess Celebrating National Dairy Month

by Polly Festa, Livestock Manager

Have you herd heard? June is National Dairy Month, and as a former Herkimer County First Alternate Dairy Princess and New York Jersey Queen, this month evokes fond memories of trying to figure out how to get chocolate ice cream stains out of my sash. In Upstate New York, almost every county has a Dairy Promotion Board. Though one of the many things we did to promote the benefits of dairy was to hold ice cream socials, we also went to area schools to teach about dairy products and farming.  Times have not changed since my teenaged years; now, far away from my home county of Herkimer, New York, I still am an “ambassador” for Dairy.

Born in December 2011, "Bliss" is one of the season's additions to the Milking Devon herd preserved by the Accokeek Foundation

I am thrilled to be able to continue teaching people about the dairy industry and the small role that the Accokeek Foundation plays in it. By preserving American Milking Devons, the Foundation helps preserve the gene pool of all dairy cattle. While we don’t milk our cattle here at the Foundation, some of our gals are destined to become a family milk cow. (I know of a family farm in Sharon Springs, New York that is cross breeding with Devons to create the perfect grass-based dairy herd.)

In honor of Dairy Month, here are some fun facts for you to share about dairy (make a game out of it and see if anyone in your family can answer any of these!):

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