When I started Free Range Dairy Network back in 2014, I wasn’t a dairy farmer or had even milked a cow. I had been a campaign manager at an animal welfare charity, working on a campaign to combat the rise in intensive dairy farming in the UK. I never expected to become so passionate about cows, dairy farming and how our milk is produced in the UK. I am constantly surprised by how much food and farming is undervalued.
To ensure a steady supply of nourishing fresh milk, we need to find sustainable long term solutions for the dairy industry in the UK. I believe that Free Range Dairy Network offers an alternative solution to the ‘get big or get out’ mantra that seems to be driving the industry towards more and more intensive types of milk production.
We work with farmers to benefit their business, local British processors, we support local communities, as well as making sure the cows are an important part too. I want to see a robust British dairy farming system prepared for global volatility and at the same time enhances a domestic market.
An important part in achieving this is people power. It is people buying Pasture Promise free range milk who are changing the dairy industry for the better. I come from a mining village and when the mines closed nothing replaced it, leaving behind poverty and deprivation. The dairy industry is facing the same dilemma. If we let our pasture dairy farms go out of business what will replace them and what impact will it have on the countryside, the cows and our future?
Please take the time to look around the website and learn more about our free range milk.