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Dairy Council

World Milk Day 2024

The Catherwood family celebrate World Milk Day by uncovering the rich nutritional goodness hidden within Northern Ireland’s high-quality milk.

June 1st marks the 24th anniversary of World Milk Day, and with this year’s theme of nutrition, the sector is highlighting dairy as a nutrient-rich food and an important part of balanced diets both here in Northern Ireland and across the world.

Along with calcium and protein, milk is naturally rich in iodine and vitamins B2 and B12, while also providing potassium and phosphorus.

Ian Stevenson, Chief Executive at the Dairy Council NI, commented:

“Dairy farming is a cornerstone of our rural communities here and today we raise a glass to the sector’s role in providing healthy, nutritious foods and livelihoods across Northern Ireland. Farming families like the Catherwoods work all year round to produce high-quality milk that’s enjoyed as part of a balanced diet by consumers at home and overseas.”

The Catherwood family, who manage the farm of John A Rankin & Son outside of Newtownards, Co. Down, is one of the more than 3,000 dairy farming families in Northern Ireland.

Read more on dairy's nutritional benefits and NI Dairy.