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QUIZ: You think you know Irish dairy? Find out more about the dairy industry in Ireland.
The National Dairy Council is here to help educate you on our dairy industry.

DAIRY FARMING HAS been an integral part of Irish life for the last 6,000 years.

There are 17,500 family-run dairy farms in Ireland, the industry accounts for 60,000 jobs and dairy exports contribute five billion euros a year to Ireland Inc. The dairy sector is a cornerstone of our economy and satisfies demand for dairy produce in more than 130 countries across the world.

Unfortunately. when discussing sustainability and the global climate challenge, it is easy to overlook what dairy gives back to our economy and our society. It is equally easy to dismiss the efforts made by Irish dairy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and minimise its impact on the environment. Currently, the industry is tasked with reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and is working hard to achieve its target by adopting and implementing new farming methods and actively developing innovative homegrown answers to the challenge.

Uncertainties around dairy sustainability are not the only misconceptions about Irish dairy farming, and indeed dairy all over the world. Take the quiz from the National Dairy Council below to test your knowledge of Ireland’s dairy industry.

Dairy farming is at the heart of Ireland’s heritage – but how many family-run dairy farms are there in Ireland?

In terms of environmental efficiency – measured by greenhouse gas emissions per litre of milk – Irish dairy is:
3rd most efficient in Europe
2nd most efficient in Europe

2nd most efficient in the world
Dairy farming in Ireland has a serious backstory – how many years have there been dairy farmers in this country?

Irish dairy is exported all over the world and dairy demand is on the rise – but how many countries get to enjoy Irish dairy?
More than 80
More than 130

More than 300
True or False: Plant-based drinks are as nutritious as cow’s milk.
Producing quality Irish milk, cheese, butter, cream and yogurt takes a lot of organisation and a lot of work – how many people are employed by the Irish dairy industry?
1 person in 40
1 person in 80

1 person in 120
Irish dietary guidelines for healthy eating advise how many servings of dairy a day for adults?

Milk is packed full of nutrients - but how many does a glass of milk contain?

Calcium is important for healthy bones – how much of Ireland’s calcium intake comes from dairy products?

Answer all the questions to see your result!
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Don't have a cow, man!
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Moderate dairy knowledge
You have good knowledge of the dairy industry, but you have some room for improvements. Learn more at
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Dairy King or Queen
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