Making the most of milk
A Lockerbie dairy farmer has been putting in the miles – walking the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis 15 times every week.
David Hyslop is one of around 100 Dumfriesshire based farmers working for the Arla dairy co-operative from his Meinside base near Eaglesfield.
David revealed that he takes on average 19,000 steps a day tending to his 370-strong Holstein Friesian herd, covering around eight miles of his 800 acre farm.
That works out at approximately 133,000 steps a week – enough for multiple trips up Scotland’s highest peak.
He says that the punishing schedule is all in a day’s work on the farm - and says that it’s a great way of keeping fit while completing his daily duties.
David said: “The day to day running of a farm and the upkeep of healthy and happy cows is a seven day a week job, with regular 10 to 12 hour days.
“My daily tasks include milking the cows twice a day, checking on the herd and farm management tasks.
“My family and I love to utilise the core product from our farm – milk, as part of a healthy diet incorporating cheese and yoghurt too.
“I cover on average 19,000 steps a day which equates to almost 1,500 calories. Therefore I really need to look after my body to keep my strength up throughout the day.”
Lise Larson, senior nutrition specialist at Arla Foods, agrees with David on the heath benefits of milk and the need to support he dairy industry in the region. She said: “Milk is one of nature’s original superfoods and is recommended by experts and governments across the world as part of a heathy diet for all of us. As well as being naturally high in protein and calcium content, milk is naturally high in iodine – which helps maintain normal cognitive function, as well as vitamin B2 which reduces tiredness and fatigue. It also contains potassium which aids maintenance of normal blood pressure and muscle function.”
Daily tasks David Hyslop