Grass Based Health

I recently stumbled on an interesting blog site called Grass Based Health. Although the site is very much about farming and food in the USA, the posts by Dr Peter Ballerstedt are relevant to us all. When Dr Ballerstedt took a picture of himself at Christmas 2000 he was alarmed by the sight and could…

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From Belief to Brand

  Things feel like they are really moving on with Free Range Dairy. The feedback on defining standards for production has been excellent and we now moving forward from a simple belief in the value of pasture-based milk production, to making that milk available to UK consumers. I make no apologies for declaring that Free…

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What’s your opinion?

In order to canvas opinion from as many people as possible in setting standards for Free Range Dairy producers, a short online survey is now available on the website. Simply click on the answer of your choice to our five simple questions and have your say. Although the survey is largely aimed at farmers, anyone…

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Becoming Free Range

Thanks to all those who came along to the recent farmer meetings and others who have emailed me with suggestions on how we take Free Range Dairy forward. It is evident that there is considerable interest in milk and dairy products from pasture-based herds, both from consumers and farmers. So, now it’s time to let…

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A passion for pasture

Journalist and writer Graham Harvey has long been a passionate advocate of pasture based milk and meat production and he has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. If you haven’t had a look already, Graham has two websites that are well worth a visit; www.grahamsquest.co.uk and www.pasturepromise.tv I was interested to read about a…

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Lessons from 1924

 Vladimir Lenin Coincidence is a curious thing. My mother was showing a few family heirlooms to my wife yesterday and stumbled across a fascinating document produced by the NFU in 1924. This was the year that Lenin died and was buried in Moscow’s Red Square, the 8th Olympic Games were held in Paris, Ramsey MacDonald…

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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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