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Hawkins fifth-grader chosen to help spread word about value of dairy products

STAFF REPORT • Jun 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

NASHVILLE — Julianna Takach-Tunnell has been named the 2018 June Dairy Month chairman for Hawkins County.

June Dairy Month activities are designed to communicate the value of milk and dairy products to Tennessee consumers, and chairpersons play a vital role in spreading dairy’s message in their community.

Takach-Tunnell was honored at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event in College Grove at Battle Mountain Farm on May 30. The event included recognition from Celeste Blackburn, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee.

“Being June Dairy Month chairman means I am able to make other people aware of the importance of the dairy industry,” Takach-Tunnell said.

The celebration, which officially kicks off June Dairy Month in Tennessee, recognizes Tennessee 4-H members’ efforts to promote June Dairy Month. The event is co-sponsored by the Dairy Alliance, 4-H and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

“My family owns the only working dairy in Hawkins County,” Takach-Tunnell said. “I have a love for dairy cattle and my community.”

Julianna is the daughter of Jessica Tunnell and is in fifth grade at Keplar Elementary School.

“We wish Julianna much success in her role of communicating the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products to the people in Hawkins County,” said Blackburn. “Julianna will appreciate the cooperation of the people there. Her interest and enthusiasm will result in a better-informed community from which all will benefit.”

Julianna is an active member of her 4-H chapter, participating in Farm Day.

National Dairy Month began in 1937 as a way to promote dairy consumption during peak milk production in the summer. Today, its rich history continues with communities, companies, and people from the Southeast celebrating in a variety of ways, including festivals, contests and even a special night dedicated to dairy farmers at the ballpark.

In 2017, there were an estimated 40,000 Tennessee dairy cows living on 270 dairy farms that produced 80.6 million gallons, or approximately 693 million pounds, of milk. The top six milk producing Tennessee counties were: Loudon, Monroe, Bradley, Bedford, McMinn and Washington.

This year’s theme, “Get More with Milk,” focuses on the consumer and encourages families to make milk their first beverage choice due to its unique package of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are an essential part of a healthy diet. Dairy farmers will be working alongside the Dairy Alliance with local media and farm bureaus to promote dairy and engage consumers through social media, radio contests, T-shirt giveaways, events and more. For more information on how you can “Get More with Milk” and celebrate June Dairy Month, visit junedairymonth.org.

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