Stop playing with your food!

This week celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sent a letter to The Times in support of British Dairy Farmers. “Milk is a brilliant food but we have lost sight of its value” said the two high profile foodies and they are absolutely right. The crisis dairy farmers are facing today is as a…

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Protest and Promotion

  What will save UK dairy farmers? A supermarket ombudsman, greater transparency in milk supply contracts, the formation of producer organisations, or the dumping of milk to withdraw supplies? Perhaps a combination of all four will go some way to restoring some sense of fairness and balance in the milk supply chain. But, we must…

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Dairy crisis – SOS Dairy

  I don’t think anyone anticipated the strength of feeling surrounding recent milk price cuts that was demonstrated by around 3,000 dairy farmers who made the trip to London Dairy Summit last week – least of all Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Mr Jim Paice MP. There were many who attended last Wednesday…

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Emergency Dairy Summit

The National Farmers Union (NFU) have organised a meeting in London today (11th July) to discuss the recent milk price cuts, which threaten the future of many UK dairy farms. It is anticipated that over 1,000 farmers will attend and that they will demand a fair price for the milk they produce. It’s not easy…

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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…

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Creaming off the profit

In a week that has left dairy farmers feeling that their milk is worthless, my mood was not helped by this summer offer in Sainsburys. It seems that cream is so cheap that it is now being given away by retailers, in an attempt to bolster strawberry sales. Despite high hopes for British tennis, the…

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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…

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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…

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Engaging folks

I just thought you might like to see a catchy little You Tube clip called ‘I’m Farming and I Grow It’ made by the Peterson Brothers from Kansas, USA. It has already had over 2.5 million views and I think they’ve done a pretty good job in getting a message across about what they do.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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