June is Dairy Month
I could fill your head with different facts about dairy products to help promote their consumption. I could tell you how it takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream. Or, I could promote the fact that in every glass of milk you drink you get nine essential nutrients. From a healthy diet stand point I could talk about how you should consume three cups of any dairy product daily. However, I am not going to do that. I am going to tell you what June means to me.
Every year I looked forward to June. This is because I know I will be getting a new calf (baby) out of my cow Lefty. It never fails that every year in June she brings new life into the world. Once I figure out if it is a male or female it becomes time to think of a name. That is always the fun part. This year I had a baby girl and I decided on the name London. A new calf means I am one step closer to having my own herd of cows one day.
In addition to a new calf, June marks the beginning of training for my show cattle. My favorite time of the year is show season. This is because I like taking my cows to local shows and spending time with my dairy friends. However, if I don’t start working with my cattle in June they will not be ready to go to a show. Training cows is a lot of work but also a lot of fun. You form a bond with the cow that will never be broken. The cow learns to trust you and you learn to trust your cow. I train all my animals every year so I have that bond with them because there is nothing more important to me than the trust of my cows.
As you can tell June is a very exciting and special month for me. With promoting the dairy community, taking care of a new calf and gaining the trust of my cows I keep busy. I wouldn’t trade my June activities for the world, dairy is where my passion is.
Miriah Dershem is Michigan Dairy Ambassador. Her love for dairy cows started at a very young age when her grandfather took her to the neighboring farm. This passion has led her to pursue an education and a career in the dairy industry. She started her own dairy herd at the age of 12 by buying her first cow, Riddles, who is the drive behind Miriah’s passion. Her goal after graduating from Michigan State with a certificate in Dairy Management is to become a Calf Manager on a local dairy farm.