World milk day 2018

On 1 June we celebrate World Milk Day.

The day was created by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to celebrate the contributions of the dairy industry to healthy human nutrition, livelihoods, economic development, and sustainability. In 2017, World Milk Day was acknowledged around the world with 588 events in 80 countries, starting with dairy farmers raising their glass of milk at sunrise in New Zealand and ended with the sunset in Hawaii.

It is estimated that dairy supports the livelihoods of up to one billion people worldwide! In Australia, approximately 43,000 people are directly employed in the dairy industry.

The dairy industry is a significant part of the rural landscape of Australia. It started with the arrival of a handful of cows in 1788 with the First Fleet, to the present where annual milk production is around 9 billion litres.

Australia supplies 6% of global traded dairy, exporting over 35% of our milk production. This is in the form of value-added products such as cheese, butter, milk powders, and UHT. These exports are valued in excess of $2.5 billion.

So, take a moment to reflect on the importance of the dairy industry to Australian life and prosperity. From the farmers and their cows who toil daily to produce high quality milk, to the committed and innovative manufacturers creating world class dairy products.