‘To attack dairy sector in the wake of Brexit is national suicide’

August 6, 2017


PUBLIC DEBATE: These dairy cattle heifers at the 2013 Dorchester Show are presented in top condition. If visitors have concerns about the welfare of cattle, ask the farmers directly about their welfare on the allegations from animal rights groups at this event and other Dorset agricultural shows happening during August.


WALL OF SILENCE: Animal Aid and similar organisations like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Vegetarian International Voice for Animals (VIVA) and the International Fund for Welfare, had nothing to say about the way livestock were treated during the 2001 and 2007 Foot and Mouth crises by the Labour Government. Did donations to the Labour Party buy their silence when this was going on?


FOOD SECURITY: Our food industry officially became dependent on imports from 5 August on the basis of self-sufficiency at 60 per cent. Ten years before it was 70 per cent and the animal rights lobby has won an advertising ruling against the dairy industry, yet the Advertising Standards Agency seems to have abrogated its responsibility in considering the bigger picture of this issue. Here Jonny Ball of the NFU roadshow educates the public at the New Forest Show.

TINY RETURNS: In a report compiled by the WWF UK and the Food Climate Research Network in an article in the Guardian, it said this: “So, the substitution of sheep and beef meat with quorn, tofu and pulses clearly demands more overseas land. Part of this is because two major crops selected for substitution are low yielding (lentils and chickpeas) equals less than one tonne per hectare.”





ANIMAL rights groups have made wilfully misleading claims that the dairy industry is intrinsically cruel and those involved are deliberating putting the livestock under their care at risk.

A controversial statement but what are the facts and the realities of this absurd ruling by the Advertising Standards Agency despite about welfare legislation suggests completely the opposite.

According to the Guardian, the dispute of the advert surrounds the facts based around the time a calf is separated from its mother – the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs suggests guidelines or 12 to 24 hours to separation after birth.

98 per cent of households use dairy products

Here are some hard facts for the animal rights groups behind this campaign and to the part of the public that has fallen for this campaign. According to Dairy UK, 98 per cent of UK households use milk, yoghurt, ice cream, cream, cheese and crème fraiche.

Milk and dairy products contribute to 36% calcium; 32% iodine; 28% riboflavin and 33% of a UK adult’s daily intake and waste recycling in the industry has gone up by an incredible 176 per cent in the industry.

The dairy farmers supply 80,000 jobs that will be linked to animal health; genetics; dairy parlour machinery; agricultural machinery; milk tanker lorries; milk processors and companies who produce cheese and ice cream – there will be industries that I will have missed off and they will be flagged up too.

Added to these facts, this country – whether we agree or not – decided to leave the European Union in July 2016 and to attack the industry at this moment in history, given we need to look at our food security and self-sufficiency, is national and infra-structural suicide.

We are dependent on food imports from August

On Sunday 6 August (today), the NFU has revealed that it is the day we are officially dependent on imports for the rest of the year because we are only 60 per cent self-sufficient and this has dropped by 10 per cent over the last decade. To reverse this trend and push the self-sufficiency up is to buy more local food on a regular basis and support UK farming.

This devastating despatch from The Grauniad in 2010 shows the reality of being dependent on quorn, soya, tofu and other vegan products instead of pastoral farming with brutal realities for the UK population.

In a report conducted by WWF-UK and the Food Climate Research Network compiled in 2010 made this observation of being dependent on these crops, as militant vegans would impose on the rest of us.

‘Intensive vegan crops would have to be imported’

“Our analysis shows that direct substitution of livestock products in the diet with analogue high protein products based on for example soy involves increased dependence on imported crop commodities.

“Substitute crops (Lentils, chickpeas, soy) are currently grown overseas. The land required for all these crops to replace beef and lamb is about 1,352KH (kilo-hectares), compared with 135KH to supply concentrates for ruminant meat now. So, the substitution of sheep and beef meat with quorn, tofu and pulses clearly demands more overseas land.

“Part of this is because two major crops selected for substitution are low yielding (lentils and chickpeas) equals less than one tonne per hectare. Were higher yielding pulses used, this demand would be clearly reduced.”

Animal rights groups fell silent during Foot and Mouth cull

As has already been highlighted by this blog during the recent election campaign, groups representing this advertisement such as Vegetarian International Voice For Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Animal Aid were nowhere to be seen in 2001 and 2007 when millions of perfectly healthy livestock were butchered on the orders of the Government, who had them slaughtered on the grounds of suspicion of having Foot and Mouth disease.

When tests were sent out to see if herds were genuinely infected, people’s livelihoods were destroyed when herds were culled out and test results came back showing no positive test results. No whiffs of protest from the above groups – so much for caring about the welfare of animals! Oh yes, I recall one response – they were all destined for the abattoir, so that makes it all right then!

Why? Because millions of pounds in donations to the Labour Party buys silence to awkward questions raised by those who are prepared to ask them.

Ask exhibitors at country shows about the welfare of their cows

For anyone wanting to know about the welfare in the dairy industry, perhaps it may be productive and conducive to visit the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show on Wednesday 16 August; the Melplash Show on Thursday 24 August and the Dorchester Show on the weekend of 4 and 5 September.

Got those events ask dairy exhibitors on the show stands themselves, about the welfare of their cows. I am making that suggestion, so if you are reading this and live locally yet have little knowledge of the industry, go and take that opportunity. They will be only too happy to give answers to your questions.

It is always good to be wary of organisations who will break into private industrial premises, take covert footage without the owner’s consent and cause maximum damage to the industry by releasing footage and claim it’s cruel.

If an organisation approached you and asked to go wherever they liked where you work and you already knew their intentions were hostile, would you invite them in?

In lieu of the jobs listed above, this campaign is prominently Cultural Marxist in origin – and what I mean by that is destroy an institution for the sake of it and having nothing to replace it in the market place, let alone the damage to management of the landscape, as a section of the farming world would not be there to do it.

In conclusion if you have a destructive agenda with no constructive outcome, why should anyone listen to you?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Phil Christopher August 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

What do smaller farmers think of all the factory farms we have? Presumably some small producers, who may attend the local shows you mention, do have good welfare standards, but the factory farming race to the bottom presumably doesn’t increase the chances of that being the norm or increasing. https://www.ciwf.org.uk/factory-farm-map/


DG2000 November 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Smaller farms cannot compete with big farms if they sell milk wholesale to big dairies and supermarkets – UNLESS they have been specially selected to have a “cost of production” contract. The supermarkets do this because they want to give the impression their milk comes from small farms with “happy cows”. But the majority actually comes from big herds.

Some small farms are surviving by being different. Processing and marketing their own milk which is fine but they won’t produce enough to meet demand.


DSCW OC August 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm

You’ve completely missed the point of the campaign. The campaign is to raise awareness of the cruelty inflicted on cows in the dairy industry. Your article doesn’t address this once.


DSCW DC August 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

There are bound to be isolated cases of poor farming just as there are bad pet owners. However the vast majority of farmers rely on having healthy well looked after stock. Farming is tough enough from a financial standpoint that it makes no sense not to keep the animals well looked after.


DSCW LH 1 August 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Can’t disagree with what you say. I do feel sad at the vast number of male calves and goats killed straight after birth because they are of no financial worth.


DSCW DC 2 August 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

One hopes that this along with other no doubt CAP twists in Farming will change once we are Brexited.


DSCW LH 2 August 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Male goats are killed pretty much straight away as cannot produce milk yet goat meat is very tasty and healthier than beef. Perhaps the govt could give funding for Kid goat farms as it has proved successful to the small independent goat farmers.


DSCW LH 3 August 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm

What do you do with the male calves that are born? I have seen them being removed from their mothers and shot as are of no value. Don’t tell me that isn’t cruel.


DG2000 November 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Bull calves. I reared every one for about 8 weeks and sold them onto to specialist rearing farms through a calf group. No more ts, just farm to farm. They were reared for rose veal mostly. Best ones would make it to beef and if there were any poor shaped ones they would have gone into beef burgers.


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