Neil Darwent

Dairy – the real plant based drink?

When I was in a local supermarket last week, I picked up a carton of Alpro Roasted Almond (unsweetened). I noticed, on the packaging, an image of a white liquid, very much like milk, gushing from a split almond and… Continue reading

What’s wrong with organic milk?

Just recently I came across a new milk label in a supermarket. Well, not a new label exactly, more like an existing label which had two words added to it – ‘free range’. I have since learned that this is… Continue reading

Stephenson’s Free Range Milk in Booths stores

I’m delighted to report that Free Range Milk pioneers, Stephenson’s Dairy, have been offered the chance to supply milk to 24 Booths stores in the north west of England, from July 1st.

Chris & Steph Stephenson took up… Continue reading

Free Range Milk in Mid Counties Co-op stores

I’m delighted to tell you that our mission to offer British consumers the choice of free range milk, has recently been given another significant boost, thanks to Mid Counties Co-op. They are now stocking Cotteswold Dairy’s free range milk in… Continue reading

How will you celebrate World Milk Day?

As World Milk Day celebrations get under way, I thought you might be interested in a few milk stats, to impress anyone you are having round for a few pints of the white stuff. There’s an awful lot of milk… Continue reading

Asda offers an opportunity for more Free Range Dairy farmers

We are delighted to announce that from today, Asda are extending the offer of Free Range Dairy Farmers milk to more stores, following a positive reaction from customers who have been campaigning for the milk to be available in their… Continue reading

Outstanding Contribution to Farming

I was delighted to receive the award for Outstanding Contribution to Farming at the 2017 Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards, which were held on Tuesday evening (9th May). It was a great pleasure to get to shake… Continue reading

Our changing landscape

There hasn’t been much in the news lately about cuts in milk prices or the blockading of supermarket distribution centres by angry farmers. That’s because over the last six months there has been a steady rise in farm gate prices,… Continue reading

The milk revolution has started

Well. It seems that the milk revolution that we have ignited is rapidly spreading, with more and more people beginning to understand that not all milk is the same. Every week there is news and debate about free range milk… Continue reading

Pasture Promise Free Range Milk – Your Cows Need You!

We are absolutely delighted to have received so much interest in Pasture Promise free range milk, following our recent appearance on Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast . People everywhere, are demanding to know that the milk they buy comes… Continue reading

Food fight – time for action

If you were one of the many people watching Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast on Channel 4, last Friday, you would have seen the feature on free range milk and the Pasture Promise logo. We are so grateful to… Continue reading

Journey to the end of the pier

I’ve been lucky, very lucky. I have lived in some beautiful parts of the English countryside, worked with some inspiring people and had the privilege of enjoying a close relationship with nature all of my life. There are few jobs… Continue reading

Free Range Dairy Conference 2017

Tuesday 7th March 2017, Stafford Beacon Conference Centre, Stafford ST18 0GB

The value in traditional, pasture-based dairy farms that produce great tasting milk and enrich our countryside, is being lost as the pressure to deliver large volumes of cheap, commodity… Continue reading

Free Range Dairy Review of 2016

2016 has been a really busy year for Free Range Dairy Network. Having established a collaboration between dairy farmers supplying milk to Dales Dairies and Stephenson’s Dairy in Lancashire, the first free range milk reached the market in May 2015.… Continue reading

Don’t deny us great tasting milk!

When I began talking about the concept of free range milk back in 2011, I was looking for a way to help people understand the role dairy farmers play in defining the quality of the milk we buy and to… Continue reading

A Harvest Festival for Dairy

It’s that time of year when we can feel the world around us changing, as suddenly summer seems to have slipped away. Shortening daylight, colder mornings, mist and dew, accompanied by a rich hue of orange and gold colours splashed… Continue reading

Putting nature back into milk

The recently released State of Nature Report with contributions from more than 50 conservation groups, claims ‘policy-driven’ intensification of farming is a significant driver of nature loss in the UK. The report assessed 8,000 species and found that one… Continue reading

Tasting the difference at Countryfile Live

The first Countryfile Live event took place at Blenheim Palace from the 4th to the 7th August this year and joined free range milk suppliers, Cotteswold Dairy, on their stand for a couple of days.

In recent years,… Continue reading

The Grass & Grazing Possibilities

It is quite likely that, in the wake of the work we have done to promote traditional, seasonally grazed dairy farms and the wonderful milk they produce, others will begin to label milk as ‘free range’, reassuring consumers that cows… Continue reading

Free Range Dairy joins Jamie’s Food Revolutionaries

TV chef and good food ambassador, Jamie Oliver, has established an ambitious new initiative to bring about a global revolution in food and we have been invited to join in and tell the world about the work of the Free… Continue reading




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