Tomorrow, 1 June 2021, we join the world in celebrating World Milk Day.

We do this by saluting our dairy industry for providing milk to our people, growing our food basket and contributing to South Africa’s economy.

The Milk Producer’s Organisation’s March 2021 Dairy Market Trends indicates that dairy exports in 2020 recorded an all-time high.

South Africa exported 460 million litres of milk. These record-breaking exports occurred despite the lockdown restrictions in South Africa.

The Western Cape accounts for 28% of milk production in the country.

In terms of exports, the province is a net exporter of milk and cream.

Milk exports and cream grew at an annual average growth rate of 9% in the past ten years.

Milk is rich in calcium, a mineral that promotes healthy teeth and bones. 

The use of milk in food and drink has been happening for thousands of years.

Milk is an integral part of most people’s daily lives, and there’s an entire industry that revolves around it as well. 

It is also an essential ingredient for dairy foods such as butter, cream, ice cream, and cheese. Milk is often an ingredient used in other foods, such as bread, cakes, cereal, desserts, and so much more. 

With more than 800 million people suffering from hunger worldwide, we have to ensure that a glass of milk reaches our people daily.

Dairy cows being prepped to be milked

Minister Meyer observing milking time at the dairy parlour at Elsenburg on World Milk Day

Minister Meyer visiting the dairy parlour at Elsenburg on World Milk Day

Minister Meyer celebrates World Milk Day with a glass of milk


Media Enquiries

Daniel Johnson

Spokesperson for Minister Ivan Meyer

Tel: 079 990 4231

Email: Daniel.Johnson@westerncape.gov.za