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For the last 20 years, June 1st has been World Milk Day. It was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to celebrate the importance of milk as both a nutritious food and a source of livelihoods across the globe.

Milk is not just cow’s milk. It can come from sheep, goats, water buffaloes and camels. In the more  inhospitable parts of the words such as Lapland, Tibet, and Mongolia sources of milk include reindeer, yaks and horses.

8 different animals we get milkfrom

Three-and-a-half serves a day…

Milk contains lactose (milk sugar), protein and butterfat and these ingredients can be turned into so many things: cream, butter, yogurt and a multitude of cheeses. These dairy products are recommended as part of a nutritious diet. And obviously, milk is also a vital part of “sometimes” food such as pancakes, crepes, waffles, custard, and pannacotta.

12 to 18 year olds need 3½ serves of dairy every day: 1 serve = 1 cup of milk, 2 slices of cheddar cheese or ¾ cup of yogurt

It’s easy to incorporate dairy into your day. For example, you can meet daily recommendations AND support local businesses with bowl of cereal and Sungold milk for breakfast,  Schulz yogurt and fruit for lunch and some Apostle Whey cheese on crackers for afternoon tea.

sweettreats made from milk

Some #MilkTrivia for your next trivia night!

As something that has been part of human life for thousands of years, milk has been an inspiration for research, experimentation and ingenuity. Below are some neat milk-themed inventions, and if you want even more #MilkTrivia see last year’s World Milk Day post.

  • The milkshake—milk with the added goodness of ice cream—first appeared in 1922 when Walgreens’ Ivar “Pop” Coulson added two scoops of ice cream to malted milk. On June 20th, America even has a National Milkshake Day, so pop that in your calendar too 🙂
  • The plastic milk crate was an Aussie invention, designed to work better than wooden and wire mesh crates which would bend and get stuck in the production line
  • The term “skim milk” was actually coined by William Shakespeare in his plays to describe cowards and those weak in character
  • The two chambered teat cup—an important advance in milking machine technology—was pioneered by Terang farmer Alexander Gillies in the early 1900s

#WorldMilkDay #EnjoyDairy