Milk has become a staple in not only the United States, but all around the world. Its history dates back thousands of years, where people still regarded the beverage as a source of nutrition. From 4000 B.C. to present times, milk has been an important component to the livelihood of the human race.
The earliest historical evidence of milking cows was discovered in Neolithic Britain and Northern Europe. To paint a picture of the land, Stonehenge was thought to have been erected by the farmers who resided in the area around this time period. It is thought by historians that this was the beginning of dairy farming. Interestingly enough, scientists believe it was between the 5000-4000 B.C. years that humans developed a lactase persistence gene that allowed adults to begin digesting lactose without any form of reaction.
Located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in ancient Mesopotamia, Sumer is what is considered to be among the first of formal civilizations. Artifacts found by archaeologists portray pictures of language, architecture, government, and formal agriculture. Included were images of dairy farmers milking cows, straining milk, and creating butter and cheese. In addition, around the same time, the first documented, domesticated cow was discovered in Egypt. Egyptians prioritized raising dairy cows and even deified them, dedicating the animals to Isis, the goddess of agriculture.
Hinduism is the established religion of India, and the cow is widely recognized as a sacred animal of the faith. 4000 years ago, the domestication of cows appeared in the country. Dairy became a primary source of food and beverage as was encouraged by the Vedas (sacred text of the Hindu). Milk was a cultural way of life for Indian people.
In the Bible, milk was mentioned as a part of the Hebrew Promise Land time and time again. After their enslavement to the Egyptian people, the Hebrews made their trek across the wilderness, holding on to a promise from Yahweh that they would enter a land flowing with milk and honey. In addition, there are approximately 50 mentions of milk and dairy products in the Bible.
The origins of the dairy cow span centuries. The benefits of dairy farming have been understood for generations. In times of food shortages and famine, milk was a primary source of food and nutrition for many civilizations, large and small. Even in modern times, milk is widely consumed as a source of protein and minerals for children and adults. It is no surprise then, why milk continues to be used time and time again.
Despite its simplicity, milk can have incredible benefits to the overall health and wellness of growing kids. At Plains Dairy, we produce a large selection of high-quality Milk, Cultured, and Non-Dairy products. Call us today at (806) 374-0385 or Contact Us by email to learn more About Us. You can also Find a Location near you and check out our Recipes!