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Dairy Council

NI Dairy

Northern Ireland has a very important natural resource - we have a lot of rain. Ours is the perfect climate to grow abundant, lush grass for our dairy cows to produce high-quality milk. And from that milk, we produce the finest range of high-quality dairy products. 

Northern Ireland dairy farmers and dairy processors do this in ways which recognises their responsibility to minimise their environmental impact. 

318,372

dairy cows in
Northern Ireland

3,200+

dairy farming families in Northern Ireland

2.5B

litres of milk produced by
NI dairy cows each year

2,300

people employed by
our dairy processors

£573M

yearly milk & dairy
export sales

80+

countries world-wide import our NI dairy products

318,372

dairy cows in
Northern Ireland

3,200+

dairy farming families in Northern Ireland

2.5B

litres of milk produced by
NI dairy cows each year

2,300

people employed by
our dairy processors

£573M

yearly milk & dairy
export sales

80+

countries world-wide import our NI dairy products

Farm Life


Northern Ireland dairy farms are all family-owned. Animal welfare is important to our farmers and they recognise they are custodians of the land.

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Field to fridge


The Northern Ireland dairy sector has world-class expertise in the processing and distribution of dairy products. Each step from our farms to the final customer operates to the highest standards of care, safety and quality.

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