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Milk was adopted as Pennsylvania's State Beverage on April 29, 1982. This designation is a fitting tribute to one of the Commonwealth's leading farm products. It also salutes the state's gentle dairy cows who each produce a generous 22 quarts of milk a day.
Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the US in milk production, butter production, Italian cheese production, and ice cream production. Pennsylvania Dairy cows produce more than 10 billion pounds of milk every year. There are 639,000 milk cows on 10,200 dairy farms.
Did you know that: Milk has been proclaimed the official state beverage or drink in each of the following states:
Arkansas | Delaware |
Louisiana | Minnesota | Mississippi
New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oregon | Oklahoma | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Vermont | Virginia | Wisconsin
Milk is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. Early-lactation milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother's antibodies to the baby and can reduce the risk of many diseases in the baby. It also contains many other nutrients.
Where milk comes from and how it's made.
Ever wonder where delicious milk comes from? It all starts with healthy, well-fed cows that live on farms all around America the beautiful.
Can You Say, "I'm Full?"
Cows are BIG eaters. Did you know that cows have four stomachs and eat 90 pounds of food a day? That's probably more than you weigh! A cow that chows on only grass can make 50 glasses of milk a day. But one that eats grass, corn and hay can make 100 glasses of milk a day!
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
No. 1351 Session of 1981
INTRODUCED BY GRIECO, CIMINI, WENGER, MADIGAN, W. W. FOSTER, COLE, STUBAN, SHOWERS, CAPPABIANCA, D. R. WRIGHT,F. E. TAYLOR, SPENCER, HASAY, SWIFT AND LEVI, APRIL 29, 1981
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, APRIL 29, 1981
Selecting, designating and adopting milk as the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Milk is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.