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Guernsey Dairy celebrates World School Milk Day with St Sampson's High School students

28 September 2022

This day coincides with Guernsey Dairy's ongoing campaigns to not only promote the health benefits of milk but also its more recent "Wild about Guernsey farming" campaign aimed at highlighting the important role farmers play in managing the island's natural habitat.

Since 2000, World School Milk Day has been recognised all over the world to celebrate the benefits and success of school milk programmes promoted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

On Wednesday Alex Tielles, Quality and Compliance Manager at Guernsey Dairy will talk to a number of St Sampson's High School students from Years seven, eight and nine (11-13 year olds) about dairy farming and the natural goodness of milk from grass to glass.

Mrs Tielles said; "Guernsey milk is 100% natural, free from additives or added ingredients (except Lactose Free milk).  Its healthy mixture of protein, carbohydrate, water and nutrients make it a refreshing drink to have anytime of the day and is particularly beneficial as a post exercise recovery drink."

Sophie Ingram-Dodd, Assistant Head, at St Sampson's High School said; "We are really looking forward to welcoming the Dairy to our assembly.  It will be a great opportunity for our students to ask all sorts of questions not only about dairy farming, which is a fascinating industry, but also all about milk production and the processes involved from getting milk all the way from grass to glass."

The Dairy launched its "Wild about Guernsey Farming" campaign earlier this summer which is a collaboration between this business and the Guernsey Farmers Association to demonstrate how the local dairy industry benefits the island and manages its countryside.

Liz Ruddy, States of Guernsey's senior dietitian, recommends children over the age of 11 should drink around 190mls of skimmed or semi-skimmed milk each day.  For younger children she advises 100ml of whole milk for one to two-year olds and 150ml of semi skimmed milk for two to 11-year-olds. (see references in Notes to Editors).

When it comes to adult guidelines the recommended daily portion is 200ml.

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