Milk and dairy foods provide calcium and protein. One serving of milk on your breakfast cereal in the morning can provide half of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium which is essential to keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy.

Our sister sector, DairyCo have produced the short film below, on behalf of UK dairy farmers, to take you on a break and find time to think about the everyday ways that the countryside and our delicious dairy products find a way into your lives. Make sure you look for the Red Tractor logo when you buy dairy produce.

Did you know?

  • There are over 2 million cows in Great Britain, that's one cow for every 29 people.
  • 11 billion litres of milk are produced each year by British dairy farms - that's enough to fill 4,500 Olympic sized swimming pools. 5 billion litres are sold for drinking and 6 billion litres are used to make dairy products.
  • Each cow can produce over 20 litres of milk a day.
  • A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  • In an average lifetime a Briton will drink almost 11,000 pints of milk.
  • On a farm milk is stored in a milk tank which cools it before it is collected for processing. A typical tank can hold up to 10,000 litres of milk and keeps the temperature at 4C for optimum freshness.
  • Sales of organic milk represent 3.9% of the overall liquid milk market.

To find out how the milk in your fridge is produced by Britain’s dairy cows visit