Farmers have thrown their support behind the #CheeseADayChallenge to taste the best the UK has to offer, as Februdairy kicks off this month.
Anyone can get involved by tasting a different cheese each day throughout February, to help show the incredible range of hard, soft and blue cheese produced in the UK.
Cambridgeshire farmer Tom Martin said the initiative was a great opportunity to celebrate the dairy industry.
“I have no vested interest in the dairy industry. I am not a dairy farmer, I’m just proud of the world-leading standards we have here in the UK,” Mr Martin said.
If you like #cheese, why not join me and many others in tasting different cheeses through February? @Poachercheese have put together a great selection of hard/soft/blue from across the UK, which you can buy here: https://t.co/bCWBo7AtnZ
Join me for the #CheeseADayChallenge 2021 pic.twitter.com/wYdtsBKSnG
— Farmer Tom (@Farmer_Tom_UK) January 9, 2021
Februdairy sees milk producers and supporters use social media to promote the industry and the benefits of consuming dairy.
Dairy cows turn non-edible grasses into nutritious milk, cream and cheese – just one of the many ways that British farming contributes to a sustainable food system 💚 #BackBritishFarming #WeEatBalanced pic.twitter.com/LdWVg0DNQe
— National Farmers’ Union (@NFUtweets) January 28, 2021
Pictures and videos are posted throughout the month, using #Februdairy, to help answer questions consumers may have, or to simply show how people are enjoying dairy products.
— Thisfarmlife (@thisfarmlife) February 1, 2021
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is raring to go.
Supporting #Februdairy-starts tomorrow! 😄🐄🥛
Throughout the month, the UFU will be sharing content highlighting the health benefits of consuming dairy products, how dairy production benefits the environment and the UK's world leading production methods.https://t.co/GdJZKIp8z9 pic.twitter.com/3zUopsnGWm
— Ulster Farmers' Union (@UFUHQ) January 31, 2021
Nutritional benefits of milk
A 200ml glass of semi-skimmed milk contains:
- 41% of your recommended daily intake of iodine
- 31% of your recommended daily intake of calcium
- 14% of your recommended daily intake of protein
- 74% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B12
- 35% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B2
- 28% of your recommended daily intake of phosphorus
Source: Milk: Nutrition information for all the family, Dairy Council, 2018
1 more sleep……… 🛌
2 more hours…….. ✌🏼
— Liz Hoggarth (@LizHoggarth) January 31, 2021
Marking the start of Februdairy, Janet Finch-Saunders, the Welsh Conservative shadow minister for rural affairs, urged people to buy local dairy produce.
“Encouraging more people to buy dairy produce can have a positive impact on our collective health, especially due to the presence of nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. This is why I am encouraging everyone to get involved and sample their local dairy delicacies,” Mrs Finch-Saunders said.