Andrew Opie (British Retail Consortium)
I’m really pleased that the BBC1 programme Rip Off Food managed to highlight the imbalance of power that still exists in the milk supply chain. You can find a link to episode 2 of this… Continue reading
I am really grateful for all the feedback I get on the Free Range Dairy initiative and welcome anyone to submit stories about their own experiences of farming and related matters. Below is a really interesting post from John Lawson… Continue reading
Sainsbury’s have announced that they are dropping the Red Tractor logo on packaging in their stores. This decision follows a review of the information they put on packaging, partly they say, in response to confusion amongst consumers over too… Continue reading
I hear that Mary Berry, writer of cookery books and Great British Bake Off judge, has a new series on BBC2 called The Great British Food Revival and one episode is all about ice cream. Mary has labeled many… Continue reading
Even my eternal optimism is being seriously challenged by the weather we have had in the first week of October. We have 80 acres of knee-high grass waiting to be cut for a third time, to make silage. We have… Continue reading
8th November 2012, Sixways Stadium, Worcester
We often find it difficult to get away from our dairy herds for a day, but if you can find someone to milk your cows on November 8th, I highly recommend you get along… Continue reading
Have you seen any good films lately? Well, if you haven’t, may I recommend a real ‘feel good’ movie from Arla Foods?
Closer to Nature isn’t packed with high octane action for the adrenalin junkies, but it does contain some… Continue reading
I have just read an interesting article by Pat Tomlinson from Old Mill accountants and financial planners, about the role of cost of production based pricing for milk.
Mr Tomlinson says “Call me old fashioned, but when I studied basic… Continue reading
So, things are looking up – milk prices are on the rise. In recent weeks the UK’s major milk buyers have announced an increase in the price they will pay to farmers this autumn. Arla have said they are going… Continue reading
I have long held the belief that our farms have so much more to offer than producing food – we can really make a difference to people’s lives and enrich our society.
I have been to visit a farm… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
Many dairy farmers will feel in need of charity after the suffering they have endured this summer. But, I am not suggesting we set up an appeal to raise money for beleaguered producers, Free Range Dairy is about winning public… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
One thing that is becoming very apparent from the feedback I have had regarding the definition of Free Range Dairy herds, is that achieving 180 days at grass has been very difficult (if not impossible) on a number of farms… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
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… Continue reading
Somerset company, Wyke Farms, are proud of their 150 year heritage and have now become the largest independent cheese makers and milk processors in the UK, sourcing around 120 million litres of milk a year from their own farms and… Continue reading