UK’s First ‘Slaughter-free’ Dairy Farm Gains a Permanent Home
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM, 24 Jul 2017
13 Jul 2017 – A dairy company which doesn’t cull its older cows, but instead “retires them”, has moved to a new permanent home.
The UK’s first “slaughter-free” dairy farm, Ahimsa dairy, is hoping its model will be picked up upon by other farms.
Dairy cows are usually culled when they get older and cannot produce as much milk. But for Ahimsa dairy, the older cows are “retired”.
Newborn calves are normally separated from their mothers, but they stay together as grazing partners at the Ahimsa dairy.
The dairy farm has now acquired land in Manton, Rutland, after previously renting land in Leicestershire.
The inspiration behind the Ahimsa Dairy comes from the farm at Bhaktivedanta Manor, which is run by the Hare Krishna community, a Hindu religious organisation.
‘Build for the future’
Its website states: “Thanks to support from our wonderful friends and supporters we have finally completed the purchase of new organic land in Rutland. Our cows now have a permanent home and we can start to build for the future.
“So far we have bought 48 acres of land in the lovely village of Wing. We are also renting a further 24 acres there with an option to buy in 18 months.
“We are renting a yard adjacent to the land with a track running down to the fields where our cows spent the winter in a barn. They were over-joyed when we finally opened the gate and let them run out onto the grass.”
The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation is a not-for-profit company, and produces 23,000 of litres of milk a year.
Until recently, the model was piloted and worked in partnership with an organic dairy and environmental charity in Kent called Commonwork, and with OMSco – the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative. They are now independent.
DISCLAIMER: In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. TMS has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is TMS endorsed or sponsored by the originator. “GO TO ORIGINAL” links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted may not match the versions our readers view when clicking the “GO TO ORIGINAL” links. This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Click here to go to the current weekly digest or pick another article:
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM: