Grazing Cow Milk – a Free Range Dairy story

Back in 2007, Edward Newsham was running a herd of spring calving cows, producing high quality milk from grass. However, the price he received for his milk was subject to a hefty ‘seasonality deduction’ from his milk buyer, due to the large volume of milk produced in the summer months. In pursuit of recognition for quality and value , Edward decided to bottle his own milk from his 100 cow herd, under the ‘Grazing Cow’ label. The investment in on-farm processing equipment was coupled with a local campaign to promote ‘Grazing Cow’ milk.

Today, Edward sells both free range eggs and free range milk from his 300 acre farm at Sellerly Farm, Calgate, near Lancaster. He has many customers in the catering trade, including a loyal following of chefs who understand the value of his farming methods. Grazing Cow milk is also supplied to a few local shops, where it is sold for a small premium and local people can buy their milk through a self-service facility on the farm.

Edward firmly believes that there is an opportunity for free range dairy farmers to instil real value in milk from pasture-based herds. The loyalty of his customers demonstrates a clear vote for milk from cows that have the freedom to graze grass.

We would love to hear other stories of free range success.

3 Responses to Grazing Cow Milk – a Free Range Dairy story

  • well done but please also remember the plight of calves, the horrible cruelty we put them through just for milk is barbaric.

  • Angela
    Thank you for your comment about our Grazing Cow post. Part of what I hope to achieve through Free Range Dairy is to understand the concerns of consumers and everyone with an interest in what we do as farmers. In promoting pasture-based milk production I am also advocating the adoption of more robust dairy cattle, which have the capacity to produce valuable male calves. The calf should be more than a means to simply trigger a new lactation and farmers who overlook this point are losing out on a valuable income stream. Free Range Dairy will not welcome producers who are cruel to their calves.

  • I think a free range dairy organisation is a brilliant idea. I lived from about 70 black and white cows for about 52 years and finally quit when our cowman of 25 years retired. There may be a few large and happy herds, but it is rubbish to say cows don’t like to be out at grass. Free range eggs have caught on – and are now done in much too great numbers. Freedom must be more important for cows than hens. No doubt you know you have an ally in Graham Harvey? If you can get scientific facts that milk from grazed grass is significantly healthier, as he believes, I should think you will win a big following, and premium. Are those Montbeliards? I would like to collaborate. Do get in touch. I hate the way cow keeping now has to be so technical. We were starting some Montbeliards, but did not have enough to discover if they were tougher. A brilliant website – congratulations – better than ours! Pippa

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