Dorset Free Range Dairy meeting

Tom Malleson is kindly hosting the next Free Range Dairy meeting on Thursday12th July. The meeting will take place at Feltham Farm, Silton, Gillingham,Dorset SP8 5JB, starting at 10.30am. Anyone interested in helping to take Free Range Dairy forward, or just finding out more about our objectives, are welcome. Free Range Dairy is not just…

Milk and your pocket

  Another of the major milk buyers in the UK, has today announced that it will be following Wisemans and Dairy Crest in reducing the price it pays to farmers. Arla is cutting its price by 2.0 pence a litre from August 1st. This tops the 1.70 and 1.65 pence cuts announced by their competitors…

Identifying free range herds

For many, the images of dancing Jersey cows from the Anchor Butter adverts will perhaps best convey the image of free range cows. An increasing number of UK milk producers have been switching towards a ‘New Zealand style’ dairy farming system, because it is all about low cost milk production. For decades New Zealand dairy…

Pizza – the new vegetable

According to the news agency Reuters – The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors in the USA on Thursday, by passing a bill that abandons proposals to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus. Did you know that pizzas are classed as a vegetable…

Investing in food & farming

  I heard an interview on Radio 4’s Farming Today programme last week, in which a global investment expert stated that small dairy farms have no future in theUK. Detlef Scon from Aquila Capital Green Assets explained “If you want to preserve a structure in a small, family farm-type structure in the UK, and there’s…

Free Range Dairy in Lancashire

We had a really interesting Free Range Dairy meeting up in Lancashire last week, courtesy of John Carr at Cleveley House Farm near Garstang. I hadn’t realised what a great grass growing county Lancashire is. Thank you all for your enthusiasm! A diverse group of people attended the meeting and, once again, we had some…

Next Free Range Dairy Meetings

Defining Free Range Dairy and Building a Brand Wales: 20 June at 7.30pm Nant-Y-Ffin Hotel & Motel, Llandissilio,Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, SA66 7SU Please download our flyer for this meeting and give it to your farming friends. Guest speaker Gareth Davies, who is just embarking on a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, will explain why he is an advocate of…

The Veal Deal

Did you see Jimmy and The Giant Supermarket on Channel 4 last night? In a new series, Jimmy Doherty is attempting to increase the uptake of welfare friendly meat by large retailers (Tescos) and, once again, the plight of male dairy calves has been raised. Viewers witnessed three male Jersey calves being shot within 24…

Living under a cloud

Rural accountants Old Mill have revealed that some of their clients in the south west lost 11p / litre last year and they warn things could get worse following recent milk price cuts. The average cost of production amongst farming clients was 35.04p / litre in 2011/12. Without single farm payment, Old Mill say that…

Mobile milking parlour

ITV West news recently featured an unusual dairy farming enterprise, in which the cows are milked through a mobile milking parlour. The parlour, which has been put together by two enterprising guys in Dorset, is moved around the fields with the cows. At a time when food production is becoming an increasingly complex business, it…

Simple messages

Please take a look at the short video of cows going out to grass on our farm this spring. We don’t often have the opportunity to get in front of the public and explain how we manage our cows. Short films such as this can help to convey simple messages about what we do and…

A Farming Fairytale

DairyCo’s Farmer Intentions Survey for 2012 shows British dairy farmers giving a vote of confidence for the medium to long term outlook for both the industry and their own farm businesses. 36% of farmers in Britain said they intend to expand milk production over the next two years, whilst the number intending to leave the…

Seasons & Reasons

After having let our cows out to graze exactly a month ago, we have had to bring some of them back indoors today. In an attempt to address the impending drought, Mother Nature has decided to send rain by the bucket full and our heavy clay soils are struggling to drain themselves between the storms.…

First Free Range Dairy Meeting

Moving milk into a new field in 2012 Come along and be part of Free Range Dairy Meeting date and time: 22nd March 7.30pm Venue: Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, Callington, Cornwall PL17 8PB For more information: Refreshments will be provided.   Free Range dairy is a farmer-led initiative to reclaim the value of milk…