World Milk Day
The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland is celebrating this year’s World Milk Day (1st June 2015) by reminding consumers of the hard work and dedication of our local dairy farmers.
Dr Mike Johnston, Chief Executive of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland explains:
“Milk from Northern Ireland dairy herds is widely recognised as being among the best in the world in terms of quality. This World Milk Day, we want to celebrate the commitment of our local dairy farmers, whose high quality and nutritious milk is in demand both with families at home and further afield.”
Dr Johnston continued:
“Dairy farming in Northern Ireland continues to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, but this is no substitute for the knowledge, handed down from generation to generation, of how to work with nature to produce high quality milk. Often working in physically demanding and challenging conditions, it is important that we acknowledge their dedication to providing the best possible product for consumers.”
Northern Ireland’s high quality milk can also offer nutritional benefits for every generation. Milk is a natural source of many nutrients including calcium, protein, iodine and a range of vitamins. These are relevant at all ages and life stages: from calcium for children’s growing bones right through to high quality protein to contribute to muscle maintenance in older people. Milk is even recognized as a natural sports drink, especially after exercise providing fluid, protein and electrolytes.
Dr Johnston said:
“To mark this year’s World Milk Day, we hope that local consumers will join us in celebrating that Northern Ireland’s dairy is quite simply the cream of the crop!”
Since 2001, when the first World Milk Day was proposed by FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations), June 1st has become the day which all aspects of milk are celebrated worldwide.