Thanks to all those who came along to the meeting in Narberth last week. It was really helpful to get some input from fellow farmers on how Free Range Dairy should be defined and thoughts on the way forward.
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Did you see Jimmy and The Giant Supermarket on Channel 4 last night?
In a new series, Jimmy Doherty is attempting to increase the uptake of welfare friendly meat by large retailers (Tescos) and, once again, the plight of male… Continue reading
Rural accountants Old Mill have revealed that some of their clients in the south west lost 11p / litre last year and they warn things could get worse following recent milk price cuts. The average cost of production amongst farming… Continue reading
ITV West news recently featured an unusual dairy farming enterprise, in which the cows are milked through a mobile milking parlour. The parlour, which has been put together by two enterprising guys in Dorset, is moved around the fields with… Continue reading
Please take a look at the short video of cows going out to grass on our farm this spring.
We don’t often have the opportunity to get in front of the public and explain how we manage our cows. Short… Continue reading
In the past few weeks the major milk buyers in the UK – Dairy Crest, Wisemans, Arla, Milk Link and First Milk have all announced a significant cut in the price they will pay British Dairy farmers for their milk,… Continue reading
DairyCo’s Farmer Intentions Survey for 2012 shows British dairy farmers giving a vote of confidence for the medium to long term outlook for both the industry and their own farm businesses.
36% of farmers in Britain said they intend to… Continue reading
I’m in danger of appearing negative and critical here. But, is it just me who doesn’t really understand how Dairy 2020 is actually going to be implemented at farm level. I have just read an article by Ben Bouckley on… Continue reading
The recent farmer survey has produced some really interesting results, which provide a useful insight into how dairy farmers see their businesses today and their thoughts on the way ahead in an ever-changing world.
We hear much about the difficulties… Continue reading
After having let our cows out to graze exactly a month ago, we have had to bring some of them back indoors today. In an attempt to address the impending drought, Mother Nature has decided to send rain by the… Continue reading
The first Free Range Dairy regional meeting took place at Duchy College, in Cornwall, on 22nd March and it provided a valuable opportunity to share some thoughts and ideas on free range milk production. Thanks to all those who attended!… Continue reading
Congratulations to all our winners of the £20 Amazon vouchers. The lucky winners are:Scott McGill Scotland Ioan Jones Wales Tim Buckingham South East J H Whitton & Sons North West Steven Holden North West JC & AC Booth Wales… Continue reading
As part of a government plan to tackle increasing levels of obesity in the UK population, the Department of Health has outlined a ‘Call to Action’, through which it is seeking slash 5 billion calories from the nation’s daily diet… Continue reading
DairyCo’s Chris Duller says make the most of early season grass or risk losing it.
We have one of those wet farms where we can see grass in the fields but the ground just won’t carry the cows yet. I… Continue reading
Producers who are really focussed on getting the most they can from grazing will have already planned for turnout and some may already have cows out at grass. However, if you are one of those who is just planning to… Continue reading
The Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), in association with FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), recently commissioned research into current perceptions of children aged 7-15 on food, farming and the countryside, which has been used in the development of the… Continue reading
It is not hard to find examples of milk producers who are looking long and hard at the costs of producing milk at this time and who are seeking to generate profit from a simpler system. Ian Sharman is… Continue reading
A huge thank you to all those who returned survey forms or completed them online – a total of nearly 600 in all. We are overwhelmed by the response, particularly the number who have provided contact details and expressed an… Continue reading