National Milk Day

National Milk Day is observed next on Saturday, January 11th, 2025 (264 days from today).

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National Milk Day on January 11th celebrates the day when many thought the first milk deliveries in glass bottles had begun in the United States. Alexander Campbell of the New York Dairy Company declared that his company was the first to make this delivery in 1878.

The United States and Australia export more milk and dairy products than any other country. Those products include cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, ice cream, powdered milk, and more. Around the world, more than 6 billion people consume milk and the products we make from it. One of the reasons is because milk provides nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin B12 and vitamin A.

National Milk Day history

In 1915, the International Milk Testing Association submitted a request to Congress in October 1915 for a resolution calling it National Milk Day. Their request does not suggest a date for compliance. We have no records that the incoming Congress has ever made a resolution for National Milk Day, nor that new President Woodrow Wilson has ever declared the date. The Independence Day Calendar continues to search for the creator of that day.

Production history

Since the Middle Ages, people considered milk as the virtuous white wine because alcoholic beverages were more reliable than water. In 1863, French chemist and biologist Louis Pasteur allowed milk and other foods and drinks to be preserved for longer periods. He developed a method of killing harmful bacteria that is now known as pasteurization.

In 1884, an American doctor, Hervey Thatcher of New York City, developed the first modern glass baby bottle. He calls it "Thatcher's Common Sense Bottle". He used a waxed paper plate to seal the milk in the glass bottle. Then, in 1932, plastic coated milk cartons were introduced to the commercial market as a result of Victor W. Farris' invention.

Some thing use milk to produce casein, whey protein, lactose, condensed milk, powdered milk, and many other food additives and industrial products.


By definition, the offspring of all mammals can produce milk. However, cow's milk predominates in commercial production. 2011. FAO estimates that cows produce 85% of all milk worldwide. In addition to cattle, many types of livestock contribute the milk used by humans for dairy products. These animals include buffalo, goats, sheep, camels, donkeys, horses, reindeer and yaks. Like cattle, their milk also produces ice cream, butter, yogurt, kefir, ice cream, and cheese.

How to celebrate National Milk Day

Firstly, let take sometime to learn about milk. As a staple food available at any grocery store, milk is one of those foods that we tend to despise. It's always there on the shelf, cold and fresh and ready to come home to you. What do you really know about milk? On National Milk Day, you can read about the nutritional value of milk or learn more about the newly discovered hormones in modern milks. You can learn about how cheese is made, or if you dig deeper into history, learn about how pasteurization literally changed the world!

Moreover, milk food group is one of the most diverse, even though it's all derived from one basic food. There is some kind of milk you haven't tried yet. Try yogurt, see if you like cottage cheese, or try gelato (Italian version of ice cream). If you're already a dairy connoisseur, take it to the next level with a smoky Limburger cheese or feta crumble made from goat's milk. Like traveling? Take a sip of fermented horse milk yourself, Mongolia's favorite drink.

In addition, not all regions are suitable for dairy farming, but thanks to modern cold storage and hygienic milk transportation, there may be a dairy processing plant near you. Most dairy facilities organize tours for visitors to learn more about how milk is made into a multitude of other foods, and National Milk Day is the perfect excuse to go on your own to see the procedure. Better yet, many dairy tours offer free samples of their products, and some of them even have on-site stores so you can buy your favorite products straight from the store dairy products.


National Milk Day has been observed annually on January 11th.


Wednesday, January 11th, 2023

Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Saturday, January 11th, 2025

Sunday, January 11th, 2026

Monday, January 11th, 2027

Founded by

International Association of Dairy and Milk Inspectors in October 1915

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