World Milk Day

World Milk Day Quick Facts - NZ

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2024 Date1 June 2024
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World Milk Day is an annual event that celebrates and highlights the importance of milk as a global food staple. The observance promotes public awareness about the significance of milk and dairy products in maintaining a balanced diet, while acknowledging the efforts of the dairy sector in providing a sustainable source of livelihood to millions. This international observance not only emphasizes the health benefits of consuming milk but also recognizes the dairy industry's contribution to economic development, ecological sustainability, and overall well-being.

The idea of World Milk Day was first initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations back in 2001. World Milk Day is an excellent opportunity for New Zealanders to demonstrate their appreciation for the hardworking dairy farmers who provide Kiwi families with nutritious milk and other dairy products.

In New Zealand, the day is celebrated through local campaigns and social media initiatives that encourage people to raise a glass of milk in a toast to the benefits of this beverage that significantly impacts our daily lives. World Milk Day is observed annually on June 1st.

World Milk Day facts

  • One cup of milk (approximately 244 grams) can provide around 276-352 milligrams of calcium, depending on the type of milk.
  • India is the largest milk producer, accounting for over 22% of global milk production, followed by the United States, China, Pakistan, and Brazil.
  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 150 million tons of milk are lost or wasted globally each year, contributing to food waste and environmental impacts.
  • New Zealand produces about 22 billion liters of milk annually, with the primary dairy breed being the Holstein-Friesian/Jersey cross.
  • New Zealand's dairy farming system is predominantly pasture-based, which means that cows are mainly fed on grass, with supplemental feed only used when necessary.

Top things to do in NZ for World Milk Day

  • Explore the 2021 World Milk Day Campaign.
  • Check out events happening near you.
  • Watch a documentary to learn about the milk industry in New Zealand. Here are our suggestions:
    1. Milk and Money (2015) - Directed by Barbara Sumner and Russel Campbell, this documentary explores the impact of the dairy industry on New Zealand's environment, economy, and rural communities.
    2. Real Manawatu Milk (2015) - This mini-documentary by Alastair Wickens focuses on the day-to-day life of dairy farmers in New Zealand, showcasing the hard work and dedication that goes into producing milk.
    3. Riverdog (2016) - Directed by James Muir, this documentary follows a New Zealand farmer who sets out on a mission to save his local river from the pollution caused by the dairy industry.
    4. Milk in New Zealand Series (2015) - Produced by Discover New Zealand, this YouTube series highlights multiple aspects of the dairy industry in New Zealand, from the lives of dairy farmers to the innovative technology used in milk production.
  • Celebrate World Milk Day in New Zealand by showcasing a variety of locally produced cheeses, such as cheddar, blue, brie, and goat's cheese. Serve with crackers, fresh fruits, and nuts for guests to enjoy.

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