I attended the Pasture to Profit Conference held near Worcester last November. It was a really stimulating gathering, even though I don’t run a spring calving herd along the lines of a New Zealand style system. Several of the speakers… Continue reading
Promoting our farming and our milk is essential if we are to win the support of UK consumers. LEAF have been running Open Farm Sunday for the last seven years and it provides a fantastic opportunity to instil value in… Continue reading
Just to say I received another 39 printed survey FRD returns today, taking us to around 300 in total. It is really rewarding to find the odd hand written note stapled to survey forms actually saying “thank you… Continue reading
We might be in the middle of winter right now but those longer, warmer days will return. Free Range Dairy plans to promote a number of event and activities that will engage consumers with our farms and cows in 2012.… Continue reading
The following from The Independent illustrates what might be achieved through building a better understanding of the way in which we farm. Although it would appear that shoppers have tightened their purse strings and switched to cheaper alternatives in some… Continue reading
One or two people have asked me how I plan to get milk from Free Range Dairy farms collected, processed and distributed. But, it is important to understand that, in the first instance, Free Range Dairy is a movement rather… Continue reading
Somerset Farmer wants others to help reclaim the value of milk
Neil Darwent, a dairy farmer from Frome in Somerset, has recently established a new farmer-led initiative to reclaim the value of milk for UK dairy farmers. Through Free Range… Continue reading
I was interested to read in a recent edition of International Dairy Topics (Practical information for progressive dairy professionals) that modern day dairy cows are failing to provide milk of a suitable quality for feeding their offspring. According to Neil… Continue reading
The other day, the 9th of November, we brought the last of milking herd indoors for the winter. After nearly eight months of grazing, it wasn’t a lack of grass or freezing temperatures that made our herd head indoors, it… Continue reading
Back in 2007, Edward Newsham was running a herd of spring calving cows, producing high quality milk from grass. However, the price he received for his milk was subject to a hefty ‘seasonality deduction’ from his milk buyer, due to… Continue reading
You can tell if you’re walking through a free range dairy farm because you’ll find these – cow pats!
Our cows are enjoying some sunny days out in the fields. The grass is still growing well. But, there are signs… Continue reading
DEFRA have just published figures to show how the 773 million litres of milk taken in by dairies in England and Wales in August of this year was utilised. Around half goes into liquid milk but 122 million litres goes… Continue reading
Ten years ago there were 2.25 million dairy cows in the UK. Figures released today, from DEFRA’s provisional June Census, show that the total dairy breeding herd fallen by 20% to 1.8 million cows in the last twelve months.
That… Continue reading
The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the… Continue reading
Pasture Promise TV is a new website hosting a series of films to highlight the benefits of pasture based farming. One of the films features Neil Darwent and his cows. Neil gives his views on building a truly sustainable future… Continue reading
Charlotte Smith talks to Neil Darwent about how he is working towards achieving recognition for dairy farmers who give their cows the freedom to graze. You can hear the interview here.
The full article from the Farmers Guardian about Free Range Dairy and its objectives can be found here.
Free Range Dairy is building a new website. It’s not yet launched and is still under construction.
Deborah Meaden, leading businesswoman and TV celebrity gives her views on Mega-dairies. The full article can be found here.