Nourishing produce needs nurtured animals
At the Traditional Cheese Dairy we care passionately
about animal welfare, not solely because we believe that they, each
and every one, should be treated as sentient beings and not commodities,
but also, we believe that the principle of improving conditions
for all livestock improves the quality of their produce, thus improving
the quality of all our lives. And of course, raw ingredients produced
by contented, well-tended, pasture-fed animals, simply makes the
most delicious cheese.
We’re thrilled to have been recognised by
leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming
with a Good Dairy Commendation Award and are registered Free Range
by making the Pasture Promise. Sharing Compassion’s and Free
Range Dairy’s beliefs means we have rigorous criteria for
sourcing livestock, which include ensuring the highest levels of
husbandry and the rearing of all young males.
To do what nature intended, it’s crucial
that grazing livestock are allowed to enjoy lush pasture and sunshine
and that they are well tended during less hospitable months, when
of course, they need housing in spacious, well-ventilated barns
with deep straw bedding. As herd animals, cow’s sheep and
goats are in fact deeply social and complex, so they need ample
space to mingle, as well as exercise and rest.
This natural balance lies at the heart of our
dairy’s principles, and we only source raw milk from livestock
tended by farmers who share our passion for getting the best from
the animals, rather than the most.
Our principle’s on animal welfare, and our
belief that everyone should be able to enjoy our cheese,
also dictates our choice of rennet.
Rennet contains the vital enzyme that begins the
cheese-making process, by separating milk into curds and whey. Sadly
most commercial rennet is obtained from the stomachs of slaughtered
bull calves. However the rennet we use at the Traditional Cheese
Dairy is naturally sourced from fungi, which makes all of our artisan
produce both animal-friendly and suitable for vegetarians.
Our cheeses are defined by the subtlety and complexity
of their flavours, alongside a unique provenance that allows them
to be enjoyed by all. We view this as both the result of compassion
and care at every stage, and as a celebration of the sophistication
that can be achieved when simple, unadulterated ingredients are
allowed to undergo a series of natural processes.