Cheers – It’s World Milk Day!
Today the Australian dairy industry is celebrating World Milk Day, a day that recognises and celebrates the hardworking Aussie dairy farmers that supply us with high quality, nutritious milk every day.
Established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, World Milk Day takes place across the globe every year on the 1st of June, recognising the importance of milk for good health and the dairy sector’s contribution to jobs, communities, and the economy.
With research indicating that two-thirds of Australian adults are consuming less than the daily recommended amount of calcium1, World Milk Day is an important reminder that getting the recommended serving of at least 2.5 serves of dairy each day is essential to maintaining a healthy diet.
A rich source of well-absorbed, high-quality calcium and protein, dairy plays an integral role in building and maintaining strong bones and muscles.
A glass of milk, which contains electrolytes, minerals, protein and carbohydrates, has myriad health benefits for all ages. It has been shown to be equivalent to, if not outperform, specialised commercial workout recovery drinks2 for muscle recovery, and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.3
World Milk Day also acknowledges the progress that has been made by the dairy industry to be more sustainably. Today the Australian dairy industry is celebrating 10 years of an industry-wide commitment to sustainability with the launch of a report showing highlights from the industry’s sustainability journey these past 10 years and where we are headed for the next 10 years.
The report outlines some of the key outcomes the industry has achieved over the past decade across enhancing livelihoods, improving wellbeing, providing best care for animals, and reducing environmental impact.
As highlighted in the report, 94% of dairy farmers are implementing measures to reduce emissions on their farms, and 100% of dairy farmers support compliance with animal welfare standards – with many going well beyond compliance.
With studies showing that over a third (36%) of Australians are opting to change their diets to be more sustainable, and 2 out of 3 (61%) consider sustainability impacts when buying milk, this World Milk Day provides an opportunity for Aussie consumers to echo the efforts of the industry and rally around local farmers, while knowing they can confidently enjoy dairy foods that are good for Aussie communities and good for the planet too.
Dairy Australia spokesperson, Melissa Cameron, Human Health and Nutrition Policy Manager said they are proud to celebrate World Milk Day, and to recognise the important work of Australian dairy farmers and dairy communities.
“World Milk Day is a wonderful celebration of our dairy industry, and a chance for us all to raise a glass of milk to our passionate farmers, producers and dairy communities across the country.”
“Milk is an integral component of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and a great way for Aussies to get their recommended 2.5 serves of daily dairy, while also supporting our local dairy industry.
Today also represents an important milestone as we highlight the strides our industry has taken over the past decade to improve sustainability outcomes and continue producing nutritious dairy foods for generations to come..”
Dairy Farmer and veterinarian Lucy Collins said she is proud to be a part of an Australian dairy farming family and the wider dairy industry.
“I fell in love with dairy farming from a very young age and rural communities have provided me with boundless opportunities my whole life.
I hope this World Milk Day Aussies can come together and raise a glass of milk to all the farmers, producers and communities that make the dairy industry what it is, and allow us all to enjoy tasty, healthy milk every day.
We just love making natural Aussie milk and putting food on people’s tables around the country, and we hope to continue to do so for many years – and many more World Milk Days – to come.”
To find out more visit the consumer marketing website.
Read the full Australian Dairy Industries 2022 Sustainability Report here.
1. Ridoutt, B. (2021). An Alternative Nutrient Rich Food Index (NRF-ai) Incorporating Prevalence of Inadequate and Excessive Nutrient Intake. Foods, 10, 3156. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10123156
3. National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Dietary Guidelines Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2013.