You got the white stuff!

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of school­child­ren across Wales joined the world’s big­gest milk party to en­joy all that’s good about the white stuff.

They downed milk­shakes, milked cows and heard from dairy farm­ers on World School Milk Day, which is cel­e­brated in more than 30 coun­tries.

At Ys­gol Maesin­cla, a pri­mary school in Caernar­fon, around 150 pupils learnt about the ben­e­fits of milk at an event or­gan­ised by the lo­cal FUW branch.

All got to sam­ple straw­berry, vanilla and ba­nana milk­shakes whipped up by county ex­ec­u­tive Gwynedd Watkin and ad­min as­sis­tant De­lyth Ed­wards.

They used 50 pints do­nated by Sion and Nia Jones, of Madryn Isaf, Bo­d­uan, who opened their Llaethdy Llŷn bot­tling op­er­a­tion last year.

Co­leg Glyn­l­li­fon farm man­ager Rho­dri Owen ex­plained how the col­lege’s milk is pro­duced and de­liv­ered to South Caernar­fon Cream­eries.

He also brought a fi­bre­glass cow so that Caernar­fon dairy farmer Tudur Parry, the FUW’s county chair­man, could demon­strate the art of milk­ing.

Mr Watkin said it had been a hugely pos­i­tive ex­er­cise. “We wanted to high­light the nu­tri­tional ben­e­fits of milk over fizzy drinks,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, a glass of milk con­tains the same amount of cal­cium as 63 sprouts, 11 por­tions of spinach or four por­tions of broc­coli.

“The chil­dren were very at­ten­tive and asked some ex­cel­lent ques­tions.”

Fizzy milk could be re­leased onto the UK mar­ket to tempt teenagers to ditch less whole­some al­ter­na­tives.

Arla is de­vel­op­ing a sparkling fruit and milk drink at its Global In­no­va­tion Cen­tre in Aarhus, Den­mark.

● With dairy farmer Tudur Parry are pupils El­lis Parry, Oliver Hughes, To­mas McGrath and Ioan Sum­mers. In­set, Hollie Ca­vanagh gives milk the thumbs up

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