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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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…

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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…

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Farmer Survey – see the results

The recent farmer survey has produced some really interesting results, which provide a useful insight into how dairy farmers see their businesses today and their thoughts on the way ahead in an ever-changing world. We hear much about the difficulties that milk producers are facing, with increasing costs, a growing burden of legislation and red…

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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.…

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Amazon voucher winners

Congratulations to all our winners of the £20 Amazon vouchers. The lucky winners are: Scott McGill Scotland Ioan Jones Wales Tim Buckingham South East J H Whitton & Sons North West Steven Holden North West JC & AC Booth Wales Andrew Maltby South West J. M Lee East Midlands Peter & Mary Fish South West…

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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…

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Grazing Notebook

Producers who are really focussed on getting the most they can from grazing will have already planned for turnout and some may already have cows out at grass. However, if you are one of those who is just planning to make more from grazed grass this year, a good place to start might be the…

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AHDB Education

The Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), in association with FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), recently commissioned research into current perceptions of children aged 7-15 on food, farming and the countryside, which has been used in the development of the AHDB Education Strategy 2012-17. The report produced by CHILDWISE in the summer of 2011, provides…

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Survey now closed

A huge thank you to all those who returned survey forms or completed them online – a total of nearly 600 in all. We are overwhelmed by the response, particularly the number who have provided contact details and expressed an interest in hearing more about Free Range Dairy or attending a regional meeting. Although the…

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