La Alimentació i agricultura organització de les Nacions Unides (FAO) tornada a 2001 establert el juny 1 com dia mundial de la llet, “which celebrates the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition.

Learn more at the website for World Milk Day and check out #WorldMilkDay and #EnjoyDairy on social media.

 

Quite a few Global Farmer Network members in various countries are involed with dairy whether on a small or large scale basisso it seemed a quite opportune time to gather some thoughts from a few GFN folks responding to the question:

What gets you excited about being part of the dairy industry, producing milk for your family and the rest of us?

 

Mèxic – Georgina Gutierrez

‘GinaGutierrez farms with her family outside of Mexico City. She was the 2018 Premi Kleckner.

What gets me excited about being part of the dairy community is just that: ser una comunitat que ’ s responsable de tenir cura de les nostres vaques que produeixen llet sorprenent; saludable, nutritiu i deliciós de llet que ’ part de s de la nostra vida quotidiana, en un got alt en qualsevol moment del dia, cereals i cafè al matí, a la pizza i un gelat que compartim amb els nostres amics i familiars, en nostres aperitius preferits mentre mirant esports i pel·lícules…

Tothom necessita proteïnes d'alta qualitat, Què millor manera d'aconseguir que la llet que també ofereix altres nutrients essencials.

 

Regne Unit – Cheryl Hazenberg

La indústria làctia és emocionant, perquè cada dia som testimonis vaques convertint herba comuna en deliciós, nutritious milk. They truely are amazing creatures to take something completely unpalatable to humans and create one of the most nutritious and delicious food products. As dairy farmers, ser capaç de produir un producte que està ple de bondat i requereix molt poc processament és una cosa meravellosa.

Cheryl Hazenberg i el seu marit, Kenneth Bray. Cheryl took part in the 2018 Camperol Taula rodona global.

També, la constant evolució de la naturalesa de la indústria làctia (and farming in general) makes it an exciting industry to be part of. You never know what is going to happen over the course of the day on the farm, plus the world forces which have a direct affect on our business. All combined with the ever-evolving technology make it a great time to be dairy farmers.

 

Nova Zelanda – Craige Mackenzie

Being able to provide nourishment to families around the world with our wonderful natural milk produced on a sustainable pasture fed system. And at the same time being totally connected to nature through our work every day and helping those who live and work with us flourish also.

 

Ucraïna – Kees Huizinga

At the moment we are milking 1300 cows three times a day. We build a modern, professional, big dairy with an eighty stand rotary parlour. The plan is to expand to 3100 miking cows plus young stock depending on financing.

It is exciting to build such a farm more or less from scratch but whether it is wise to do sotime will tell.

I think with current milk prices and heavy financial burden it would have been wiser, less stressfull and less exciting to put the money on a Ukrainian bank.

When we took over that farm (3000 hectares of land and the dairy farm) hi havia 250 milking cows, producció 4 liters per cow per day and there were working 50 persones.

The land we farm belongs to the people from the village and we are renting it from them. La 50 people working on the dairy farm rented their land out to us as well.

Back then it would have been the smartest to sell the cows, fire the people and forget about it. But as a form of social responsibility we kept the dairy farm with its workers and from there we expanded.

Through the dairy we try (hope) to add value to our arable farm, use the manure on our fields and create jobs for the local people.

Besides this, together with our dairy assocation (http://avm-ua.org/uk) we try to support the development of modern dairy farms in Ukraine and hopefully be a major exporter of high quality dairy products to the rest of the world.

 

Vermont, Estats Units – Joanna Lidback

No crec que pot ser que resumeix en una frase, però més aviat diversos pensaments que travessen durant el tràfec dels dies (i nits!).

  • Ens agrada cuidar els nostres vaques i vedells. Hi ha una certa satisfacció saber que s'alimenten les nostres nenes, netejat, i cures. El ritual diari de tasques graner estableix un sentit del deure i construeix un vincle entre nosaltres-tant les persones i el bestiar.
  • Tenim un cert orgull en el producte que fem-fresc, llet de nutrients, i ens esforcem per a l'alta qualitat i alta butterfat i proteïnes rendiment hundredweights. M'encanta que la llet és una gran part d'una dieta sana i que és fàcil en el pressupost per a la gent.
  • Seria reenyorar si no esmenta com excita anem a estar criant nostra família a la granja. Hauran de primera mà coneixements i experiència del dur treball i dedicació que entra en producció d'aliments per a la nostra comunitat, i també les recompenses, massa. Si és un snuggle amb un nou vedell nadó o l'olor de fenc fresc tallat, van a arribar a sentir-lo.