Year of designation: 1982
Details: "Got Milk?" Why yes, we do – and plenty of it.
In Virginia, we have approximately 90,000 milk cows that live on 615 dairy farms, according to the latest Virginia fact sheet from the Dairy Alliance. And we’re keeping them busy: Virginia is ranked 24th among U.S. states in terms of milk production, and we're 14th in the number of licensed dairy operations.
Most of these milk-producing cows can be found in Rockingham, Pittsylvania, Franklin, Augusta and Washington counties, which are also the top milk-producing counties in the state.
In 2016, it cost a Virginia farmer about $1,760 to buy a dairy cow. In return, that cow would provide an average of 2,226 gallons in a year – so all told, these busy Virginia cows produce about 200 million gallons annually. And 86 percent of that was used and consumed in the form of fluid milk.
In more manageable numbers for those who drink it: A standard 8-ounce glass of cow's milk has nine essential nutrients, including protein, Vitamin D as well as 300 milligrams of calcium.