World Milk Day

Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet and annual World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the word.

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On 1 June every year, World Milk Day celebrates dairy’s vital role in global food systems, providing economic, nutritional, and social benefits to a large proportion of the world’s population. IDF and its members work together to convey this message to the public by promoting activities taking place on and around this day.

World Milk Day history

World Milk Day was introduced in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, the benefits of milk and dairy products have been actively promoted around the world, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people.

All aspects of milk and dairy are celebrated on annual World Milk Day, including their benefits with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, and the sector’s passion and commitment to feeding our communities.

Celebrations on 1 June are global and marked in many countries all over the world, with the number of countries and activities are increasing every year, providing an opportunity for everyone involved in the sector to participate.

World Milk Day activities

The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate all things dairy. For example, activities around the world have included:

  • Milking demonstrations and farm visits
  • Games, competitions, and concerts
  • Distribution of milk products, and
  • conferences, seminars and information sharing

All are aimed at sharing information on the value of milk and illustrating the important role the dairy sector plays in communities, national economies and cultural aspects of societies. 

The theme in 2021 focused on sustainability to showcase dairy’s commitment to innovation in reducing the sector’s environmental footprint.

A global success!

The 2021 World Milk Day celebrations were the most successful to date!

Activities started with the Enjoy Dairy Rally from May 29-31, culminating in World Milk Day on June 1. The Enjoy Dairy Rally, focusing on the themes of Nutrition, Community and Enjoyment, was held for the third consecutive year and helped create a four-day promotional campaign for the sector.

Thanks to IDF experts around the world for your tremendous support, which helped make it the biggest celebration yet. 

Find out soon how our member countries are celebrated in 2022

World Milk Day 2021

On 1 June 2021, IDF recognised World Milk Day with an online celebration for its global experts.

The overarching theme for 2021 was sustainability, and the substantial efforts the global dairy sector is taking to reduce carbon footprint, while still maintaining a focus on the benefits of dairy with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, and the sector’s passion and commitment for feeding the world’s communities.

As COVID-19 continued to restrict movement of people around the globe, creative solutions were required to celebrate this important anniversary. IDF hosted a virtual ’Raise a glass’ event at its annual General Assembly which brought together representatives of the dairy sector from around the globe.

IDF also shared a series of dairy farm case studies, examples of on-farm practices to improve carbon footprint and enhance sustainability: World Milk Day 2021 focuses on dairy sustainability 

Dairy is a vital part of global food systems, providing economic, nutritional & social benefits to many people around the world

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