Improving the lives of farm animals benefits us all

Of all the awards we’ve gained at the Traditional Cheese Dairy nothing has meant more to us than receiving our Good Dairy Commendation, awarded by Compassion In World Farming. This global organisation has monitored farm animal’s standards of welfare for over forty years, and continues to campaign tirelessly for their improvement.

Milk production globally already involves 250 million cows (around 1.85 million in the UK) and with demand increasing, inhumane, intensive factory farming methods are also on the rise. The CIWF’s Good Dairy Award recognizes the efforts of companies that commit to using higher-welfare dairy systems - which already improve the lives of 250,000 cows and calves each year.

At the Traditional Cheese Dairy we source our milk from nurtured, pasture-fed livestock tending through beneficial, traditional farming practices, not only because the quality of our cheese depends upon it, but because we firmly believe that by sourcing from gold-standard farms we can help improve conditions for all livestock.

In many ways our produce is our manifesto, and we want everyone who enjoys our cheese to understand exactly why it tastes so much better, to educate on why intensive farming methods, which force sentient animals adapted for life grazing outside into crowded artificial conditions, are not only cruel to the animals but unhealthy for consumers. We want everyone who enjoys good food to care about where it comes from, to ask questions about provenance and demand those questions are answered with clear labeling.

In the case of diary herds we fully endorse Compassions standards for welfare, very briefly it includes, outdoor grazing is unrestricted for at least 6 months each year during the grass-growing season, no animal is to be restricted to increase milk yield, sufficient space to propagate natural social herd instincts, access to fresh water at all times, adequate and spacious winter shelter and clean comfortable bedding. These simple requirements of care have already proved to reduce health problems such as lameness and mastitis, while improving condition and prolonging the lives of farm animals

Quite simply we believe returning to natural, less intensive farming methods benefits livestock, consumers, and ultimately farmers themselves.

If you would like to know about farm animal welfare please visit
http://www.compassioninfoodbusiness.com/awards/good-dairy-award/