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 grazing, and how it can fit into UK farming systems. He will also speak about improving relations with consumers, the reasons why he applied for a Nuffield Scholarship, his experiences thus far, and how he hopes to benefit from the experience.

Lancashire:

27 June at 10.30am

Cleveley House Farm Millers, Brow,Forton, Preston, PR3 1DR,
with kind permission of J Carr
Please download our flyer for this meeting and give it to your farming friends.
Host farmer, John Carr, will talk about how and why he has made the switch to a ‘non extreme’ spring calving system and provide visitors with an opportunity to see the infrastructure he has put in place to enable his herd to make better use of grazing.

Dorset:

12 July at 10.30am

Feltham Farm, Silton, Gillingham,Dorset, SP8 5JB,
with kind permission of T Malleson
Please download our flyer for this meeting and give it to your farming friends.
Host farmer, Tom Malleson, will explain how a carefully managed reseeding programme, including the use of deep-rooting herbs such as Chicory, has improved output from pasture on his farm. Andrew Cook from British Seed Houses will talk about the potential of new grass varieties in the UK and explain how farmers can reap the rewards of reseeding.

Neil Darwent, founder of Free Range Dairy is holding a series of meetings for dairy farmers.

Feedback from our recent farmer survey indicated that there is considerable interest in establishing recognition for the value of milk from pasture-based herds and I now want to consult with farmers on how free range milk production should be defined. The 600 survey responses clearly indicated that most milk producers believe cows should at least have seasonal access to grass. However, we found that there is a range in the number of days spent at grass, primarily driven by location.

How committed are you to making the best possible use of grazing and how do you think we can develop a brand for milk from herds that are seasonally grazed?

I want to ensure that the initiative is based on feedback from farmers, so I am keen to hear your thoughts at the meetings on how we can move Free Range Dairy forward.

To book a place please text your name and the word ‘yes’ along with the location of the meeting you can attend, for example ‘Wales’ to 07801 507101 or email info@freerangedairy.org.

 

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