Free Range Dairy Network Conference

I came away from our first Free Range Dairy Network conference this year feeling very positive. Not only did we have about 70 can-do people attend the conference but we also had some fantastic news from Yeshna Mistry from Sustainability Restaurant Association. Their new sustainability rating includes points for members taking Pasture Promise free range milk…. Read more »

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 that seems to be driving a retailers and dairy companies to hurriedly piece together some… Read more »

ASDA is the first supermarket to stock free range milk with Pasture Promise logo

We want to say a big thank you to Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty as Friday Night Feast has been a gift that keeps on giving. They took our story of Free Range Dairy Network to a much larger audience and it really caught a spark with viewers who for years have seen our dairy… Read more »

Less froth more substance with Pasture Promise Free Range Milk

This month is Sustainable Restaurant Association’s #coffeemadegood campaign which encourages coffee roasters, baristas and consumers to think about where the coffee has come from? They are also encouraging people to think about the milk too. A 6oz cappuccino will consist of 1oz of espresso and 5 oz of milk plus some froth. Milk plays an… Read more »

Pasture Promise in Practice

By Robert Newton, a Free Range Dairy Farmer. We were very excited in January 2016 when Cotteswold Dairy, our milk buyer for nearly 20 years, confirmed that they were to start selling Pasture Promise Free Range milk.  It was a big commitment to make as the milk has to be totally segregated which involves a dedicated milk… Read more »

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 from cows free to graze in fields, for at least 180 days and nights a year…. Read more »

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 Jamie and Jimmy for taking up our cause as a ‘Food Fight’ and helping us… Read more »

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 that can give one the sense of connection to the world around us like dairy… Read more »

Not All Milk is the Same

Free Range Dairy Network has been using the #notallmilkisthesame for a few months now and as we raise awareness of the work of Free Range Dairy Network, the clearer it becomes that indeed not all milk is the same. Within our farmers network we have farmers located from the Yorkshire Dales down to Cornwall, with… Read more »

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 milk steers more producers towards an intensive regime. Those running family farms, where cows enjoy freedom… Read more »

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. Since then we have been working to grow our network and offer more people the chance… Read more »

A Year on a Free Range Dairy Farm

By Jenni Hobbs, The Hobbs family at Barhouse Farm. I can’t believe its December, the year has flown by as it usually does, but this has been an unexpected year with many changes good and bad. The year started with a meeting organised by Free Range Dairy Network at Cotteswold Dairy, the dairy we… Read more »

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 halt the loss of traditional grazing herds from the British countryside. I could see that widespread… Read more »

Seasonality of Free Range Milk

I was recently asked on Instagram what is free range milk? There’s no recognised standards, so how can you call it free range? In lots of ways that’s true. Free Range Dairy Network is trailblazing in that we are working in collaboration with others from farmers to food agencies to bring what is an… Read more »

Seeds Are Treasure

Global Justice Now have organised events across the UK with farmers from Bangladesh to talk about Monsanto. You might have heard about CETA and TTIP, both trade agreements which could see profits put before people but you might not have heard about Monsanto and according to the presentation their ‘seed piracy’. The talk with food… Read more »

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 across the once green landscape, announce the arrival of autumn. Still today, in mid October,… Read more »

Working together

Free Range Dairy Network is a member of the Food Research Collaboration and I was pleased to attend the workshop looking at collaboration between civil society and academics recently. The workshop explored the barriers and challenges to collaborating and in my previous role as a campaigner I have plenty of experience of when collaboration works… Read more »

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 in ten are threatened with extinction. In a report by BBC Environmental Correspondent, Claire Marshall, lead author of… Read more »

Last of the Summer Milk

This week we ran our last Free Range Dairy event of the summer at Bar house farm in Gloucestershire. Jenni and Jerry along with their cows have been the stars of the events. Jenni making free range cakes and everything in between for lunches that people couldn’t resist after a walk around the farm,… Read more »




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