Milk is marvelous. Its been around for over 10,000 years but only consumed on rare occasions. The first people to drink milk regularly were early farmers and pastoralists in western Europe. They were also some of the first humans to live with domesticated animals. Today, drinking milk is common practice across the globe.
The first dairy animal to be domesticated was the sheep around 9,000 years ago. This was followed by goats and cattle in the next thousand years, then donkeys, water buffalo, and horses. In fact, donkeys provide milk that is closest to human mother’s milk and was used for sick or orphaned infants. Subsequently, camels, llamas, reindeer, and yaks were domesticated. All of these species were milked by early farmers.
To recognise the importance of milk as a global food, World Milk Day is celebrated annually on 1 June since 2001. Considering the fact that over six billion people worldwide consume milk and dairy, it’s no surprise there was a need to celebrate this healthy beverage! So pour yourself a glass of creamy goodness and celebrate World Milk Day with these marvelous facts.
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