It’s that time of the year to give a show of appreciation to the dairy farmers in Wisconsin who work long hours to produce our state’s milk, cheese, butter, ice cream and other dairy products.

Dairy farmers everywhere deserve praise and thanks, especially in Wisconsin, long known as America’s Dairyland.

June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin and it’s time to give those farmers some recognition.

Dairy farming is big business. According to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, there are more than 1.27 million cows in the state and they produce 2.54 billion pounds of milk each month. The average cow produces 67 pounds or 7.8 gallons of milk in a day and 2,000 pounds or 233 gallons of milk in a month.

Because of the work of these cows, along with the farmers, Wisconsin produces 14 percent of all the milk in the United States.

The U.S. dairy products industry supports nearly 3 million workers, generates more than $39 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion, according to the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) marketing tool.

In Wisconsin, the dairy industry generates more than $2 billion in direct wages annually with an economic impact of well over $40 billion, according to the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

Here are some more interesting facts about the dairy industry:

■ The first official Wisconsin cheese was created by Anne Pickett of Lake Mills in 1841. The historic feat was accomplished when Pickett combined milk from her neighbors’ cows to that of her own.

■ The first dairy school in the United States was established in 1890 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

■ If Wisconsin was its own country, it would rank fourth in cheese production in the world.

■ Margaret McGuire became the first “Alice in Dairyland” in 1948. The program was established to promote Wisconsin’s dairy industry nationwide. Today, Alice remains one of the state’s most visible dairy spokespeople.

■ In 1970, the first organized dairy breakfast was held at Craig and Laura Beane’s farm in Jefferson County. It was organized by a local 4-H club and had 155 attendees.

Speaking of dairy breakfast, The Breakfast on the Farm has proven to be immensely popular, annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to more than 70 farm breakfasts around the state. Residents can literally get a taste of farm life when they attend these functions.

This year’s Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm is set for June 30 at the Dan, Sue, Jamie and Eric Van de Walle farm, W5467 Red School Road, Peshtigo.

More information is available on the Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm Facebook page.

An Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm will take place Sunday at Peterson’s Dairy, 6370 Goatsville Road, Lena.

In addition to delicious food, the family-oriented farm breakfasts offer such events as farm tours, pedal pulls, face painting, wagon rides, games and live music — although not all of those activities are provided at each event.

At a Breakfast on the Farm, everyone can get a glimpse of real farm life and the amazing farm hospitality.

All told, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin anticipates that more than 5,000 gallons of milk, 300,000 eggs and 100,000 pancakes will be served to hungry visitors at dairy farm breakfasts this month.

No one should go home hungry.

The effort it takes to put on these fantastic events is startling. Scores of volunteers make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

We encourage you to attend a Breakfast on the Farm. We also recommend you thank a farmer for the important work that they do.