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
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