Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:07
Milk is such a verstaile product which produces a wide variety of godies - milk, cream, clotted cream, sour cream, butter, buttermilk, ice cream and cheeses and so on. I try always to but organic milk, cream and cheeses or else regional products which aren't mass produced.
Our neighbours have a mixed arable and pastoral farm. When we arrived 21 years ago they had dairy cattle and sold milk, butter, yoghurt and fromage blanc but then the EU introduced rules about having separate, tiled rooms for each process and which would have cost a fortune to convert their perfectly adequate facilities.
They sold all the cows, bought a few more horses and opened a riding school and archery club and now earn most of their income from their 2 personal interests. Clearly not every farmer can diversify this way and it will take a great deal of organisation for farmers to band together and resist supermarket pressures to sell at below cost..
There is a movement slowly starting in the UK which is seeing customers change from supermarket shopping to smaller and more local shops and suppliers. Let's hope it gains momentum and good quality producers who care for their animals and land can start to get decent prices again