Some football clubs get average attendances of around 10,000 spectators to watch them play each week. Not the biggest crowd for a football match, but can you imagine that number of people coming to your farm to watch your cows being turned out to grass?
Well that’s what happened on a farm near Gothenburg in Sweden recently, where an estimated 10,000 people turned up to see 135 cows go out to grass. A newspaper report said visitors were also treated to a display of dog agility, ‘cowboy riding’ and 14 vintage tractors turned up.
I believe we should be celebrating the turnout of our nation’s dairy cows in the same way and establish a sense of ownership amongst the 60 million people who consume milk and dairy products. The 1.8 million cows we run on UK farms are a ‘national treasure’ – one that we should seek to safeguard for future generations. These wonderful animals work to feed us every day, often over many years and they deserve our appreciation. Free Range Dairy believes the best way we can show our appreciation is to give them the freedom to graze that they deserve.
The people of Sweden seem to be very good at showing their appreciation for their dairy cows. Let’s start building the same sort of interest in our herds here. If we shut all of the cows in sheds all year round and they are no longer seen in fields, milk will become nothing more than a cheap commodity. Let’s put signs in our fields to remind people why they are there.
COWS IN THIS FIELD ARE
WORKING TO FEED YOU.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION AND HELP US KEEP THEM HERE.