Mak­ing the most of milk

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.