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Super-Dairy: Cash Cow But Environmental Hazard? - Channel4 News


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Mary
- 3208 days ago - channel4.com
Britain's dairy industry is in crisis as small farmers going out of business every week. Is this the future? Cows, in their thousands, kept indoors, intensive milk production on an industrial scale. VIDEO



   

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Mary Coleman (148)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 12:09 am
IN case you're wondering, this is the same dairy that is spoken about in a recent care2 cause article...this post does include a 5 minute video segment as well.
 

chris b (2474)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 3:17 am
When looking at the ltttle village of Nocton not so very far from me I was reminded of the local councils atitude to human excrement and the time honoured practice of having a septic tank to store the muck from our human activities, at the bottom of our gardens! Every so often we have to have the tank emptied and the contents removed by a licensed waste contractor and we are not allowed to put the manure even on our rhubarb or roses! How so then that this Nocton proposal seeks to spread the not inconsiderable volume of cow muck on the surrounding fields having stored the stuff in huge tanks! Is there some subtle difference in cow crap and human crap that makes it ok to spread on our food fields! Methinks BS is at work literally! How can a cow's welfare be improved by making her live in a prison block secured by steel fencing and standing on concrete for life having committed no crime! As to the dairy industry being on it's knees that has only happened because of our demands for cheap products and the power of supermarkets in holding farmers over a barrel on prices!
Traditional small farmers are so encumbered with regulation by government and heavy handed tactics by supermarket buyers that they are struggling to cope and significant numbers have committed suicide such is the stress level in agriculture! Small farmers are generally more able to provide for cows welfare than the impersonal factory farm were an animal will simply be number 1234 etc and not the named cow feeding on lush pasture so typical of Lincolnshire farms at present! This Nocton project needs nocton on the head before the local economy and animal welfare suffers any further blows! Pursuit of the almighty dollar has no place in our peaceful environment!
 

Sharon Balloch (127)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 4:16 am
Glad I do not use Dairy... no cows held prisnor for me, and no cow poop stored in vats thank you very much..
 

Lucy Wingate (83)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 5:26 am
It sounds like cow prison to me! Poor cows to spend their whole lives in sheds!
 

. (0)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 7:50 am
It's all Backwards! We should be supporting the local farms, not the corporate conglomerates.
 

Charmaine C (177)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 1:48 pm
Very nice to advocate intense supervision, excellent systems.. yatta yatta yatta...bottom line? Cows whose hooves never feel grass! Imprisonment and constant pregnancy, their calves ripped away from them after a scant few days, followed by violent slaughter when they can no longer produce the insane volume of milk expected from a modern dairy cow. No thank you. Almond milk tastes lovely.
 

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 2:49 pm
This is tragic news. One factory farm will lead to another and another and another, etc. Thanks for the articlle, Mary.
 

Mary Coleman (148)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 5:03 pm
YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH AND SMEARED THEM IN BRIGHT NEON ORANGE SPRAY PAINT CHERIE!!!!!!
 

Chavonne H (46)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 6:24 pm
these big corporations are always up to no good.
 

brigitte l (13)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 6:25 pm
So sad..
 

Bekki S (29)
Monday October 4, 2010, 1:24 am
Time for a petition to the gov and the regulators!!!

Visiting friends in Britain at the moment, and sad to see this-- you are priviledged to have a system that has resisted US style farming-- don't buy it!!!!! It's the thin end of the wedge.

 

Colin Hope (201)
Monday October 4, 2010, 7:46 am
Noted and signed!
 

Alice C (1797)
Monday October 4, 2010, 9:07 am
What's a cash cow ?
 

Alice C (1797)
Monday October 4, 2010, 9:07 am
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