On Monday evening I attended a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference inManchester, organised by the NFU. A panel of four Owen Paterson (Secretary of State for DEFRA), Justin King (CEO of Sainsbury’s), Peter Kendall (NFU President) and… Continue reading
I was asked to give my thoughts on organic food and farming on Emma Britton’s programme on BBC Radio Somerset yesterday morning.
I hope I gave a fair and balanced view of organic farming versus ‘conventional’ and my rationale for… Continue reading
Many farmers are tired of all the paperwork and farm inspections that are required to enable them to market milk, meat or crops from their farms under some sort of farm assurance scheme. The red tape associated with audits often… Continue reading
Chief Executive of Tesco, Philip Clarke, indicated in an interview in The Observer that food price inflation is inevitable. “Over the long run I think food prices and the proportion of income spent on food may well be going up,”… Continue reading
Next week I am holding an event on our farm for local chefs and food writers, inviting them to come and see how we farm and learn more about what Free Range Dairy is seeking to achieve.
We have now… Continue reading
As you are probably aware, Free Range dairy requires producers to graze their cows for a minimum of 180 days a year. Whilst we are striving to give our cows as much freedom as possible, we have to accept… Continue reading
Most of the discussions I have had about Free Range Dairy to date have been with fellow farmers who want achieve recognition and value for the way they farm. But, I am being approached by an increasing number of people… Continue reading
I have just walked all our grazing block with the Plate Meter again this morning and I think I need to have a bit of a review of where we are at with the grass. I am trying to… Continue reading
Thank you to all who came to visit Walk Farm on Open Farm Sunday. We had a wonderful day and really enjoyed showing everyone around the farm in the sunshine. We laid on tractor and trailer rides, sheep shearing… Continue reading
Wow! There’s a controversial statement that’s going to annoy a few people.
So why say it?
A couple of years ago, when I announced the launch of the Free Range Dairy initiative, some people accused me of dividing the… Continue reading
I have to admit getting this grassland management thing right is quiet hard work. I had a few days off last weekend and spent the whole time worrying about how far the electric fence was being moved each day and… Continue reading
Whilst visiting Amsterdam with some friends last weekend I came across a crowd of people carrying some interesting placards with images of cows and other farm animals. It turned out that the people taking part were protesting against the growth… Continue reading
Buoyed up by a recent surge in grass growth I decided I wanted to see how much supplementary food I could remove from our cows’ diets, how much grass they would then eat and what milk yields could be sustained.… Continue reading
Some football clubs get average attendances of around 10,000 spectators to watch them play each week. Not the biggest crowd for a football match, but can you imagine that number of people coming to your farm to watch your cows… Continue reading
Last week I hosted a ‘Reseeding Day’ at our farm, organised by The British Grassland Society, DairyCo and EBLEX. The event gave farmers a chance to learn about evaluating the productivity of their pasture following one of the wettest years… Continue reading
In many ways we are grateful for the all the rain we have in this country. Without it, we certainly wouldn’t be able to grow the lush green grass to feed our cows. But, I think we got more than… Continue reading
I read a headline on the Farmers Weekly website this morning saying “Dairies must pay more to secure supplies” – a headline that has been repeated in the farming press for years, a headline that is true and one… Continue reading
I have been invited to discuss the objectives of Free Range Dairy with Steven Lowe on BBC Radio Lancashire this Sunday (28th April) at around 12.45pm.
We have had good support for the initiative from Lancashire and I am planning… Continue reading
Next Wednesday (1st May) we are hosting a grass reseeding day jointly organised by the British Grassland Society, DairyCo and EBLEX, at Walk Farm.
Two weeks ago I was having nightmares about having no grass to show anyone and the… Continue reading