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June Dairy Month Recognition Friday


June 4. Chesterfield…Missouri's dairy leaders will gather Friday to celebrate June Dairy Month at the Moreland dairy farm near Harrisonville.
The boards of directors of the Missouri Dairy Association (MDA) and the Missouri Dairy Growth Council (MDGC) will attend along with a few special guests.
The Moreland Dairy started in 1945 by their grandfather and is operated by Jay, Matt and Mike Moreland.  The family milks 140 cows and also grows corn, soybeans, hay and has an 80 cow Angus beef herd.
Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. with brief remarks and then a tour of the dairy.
"June Dairy Month, an annual tradition was developed to celebrate the dairy industry and its many contributions to our society in 1937," says Larry Purdom, MDA President and a dairy farmer from Purdy.  "The observance was created as a way to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the summer months.

"We have a lot to be thankful for this year,"says Larry Purdom, MDA President and a dairy farmer from Purdy, Missouri.  "First of all, MDA is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this year.
"Dairy farmers are continuing to recover from the drought of 2012 with the recent rains which helps grow a more ready cow feed supply.  We are also enjoying more favorable farm level milk prices due to growing export markets.
"We are also looking forward to Governor Jay Nixon's signature on Senate Bill 506 or House Bill 1326 which contain the Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act of 2014.  These bills received over whelming bi-partisan support by the Missouri General Assembly," says Purdom.
“Concern for job stability and economic activity in Missouri were the driving forces for support of these bills.  With the loss of dairy farms continuing in Missouri at an alarming rate due to drought and poor margins, the pressure of finding local milk for our 15 dairy processing plants has reached a critical stage.  One plant closed at Monett last year with the loss of 60 jobs.
“A University of Missouri study showed in 2011 that Missouri’s dairy product manufacturing industries directly employed 5,515 workers with a total state payroll of $258 million.   Missouri's dairy manufacturing plants produced an estimated $4.4 billion worth of dairy products.
“Missouri’s dairy product manufacturing industry revenues translated into statewide total economic output worth $7.7 billion.  When you include the jobs, created at the farm level and with additional suppliers, a total of 23,297 jobs were supported providing $1.2 billion in labor income to Missourians in 2011.
“Our industry means a lot to Missouri and to our consumers.  We are proud to celebrate it Friday at the Moreland Dairy,” concludes Purdom.