Commissioner Hugh Weathers: National Beef and Dairy Month

June is National Beef and Dairy month! Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about the importance of beef and dairy to South Carolina.

Dairy:

  • You can’t underestimate the importance of beef and dairy farming in South Carolina and across the country.
  • With nearly 40 dairy farms throughout the state, there are about 15,000 milk cows that call South Carolina home.

  • I have always supported this month because it’s an industry that is near and dear to my heart.
  • My family has been involved in dairy farming for 87 years, and I am a 4th generation dairy farmer.
  • Dairy Month began in 1939 making it an 80-year-old tradition, to distribute extra milk during the war months of summer.
  • Not only has dairy been important to the country, but also to South Carolina. Milk was even elected the state beverage of SC in 1984.
  • Dairy farmers can be found in every county and is a multimillion-dollar enterprise for SC. Whether it be Happy Cow Creamery in Pelzer, or Milky Way Farm in Starr, South Carolina dairy farmers are doing there best to provide for all our dairy needs.

Beef:

  • June is the perfect time to celebrate beef with lots of summer barbecuing and grilling!
  • There are approximately 174,000 head of cattle in SC and the cattle industry supports thousands of jobs.
  • The industry generates $156 million in cash receipts annually
  • Whether it be Watson Farms in Chester, or Keegan-Filion Farms in Walterboro, farmers are working hard to keep us fed.
  • So, go support our local beef farmers here in South Carolina this June by choosing to buy local beef for your next barbecue!