Mainstream dairy farming requires that calves are separated from their mothers soon after birth, but one farm business, the Ethical Dairy, is employing a more natural route.
A dairy farmer is selling off his 1,000-strong herd to fund his retirement plans, including his beef suckler herd venture. Steve Graham has been milking cows for 35 years, but he has decided now is the time to pursue his other passions – building up his pedigree suckler herd and collecting Ford vintage tractors. His herd of Holstein Friesians will go under the hammer of auctioneer Kivells at Holsworthy market on 23 and 30 March, the Western Morning News reported.
A Monmouthshire farmer has decided to sell all his dairy cows and turn to beef farming because of the falling price of milk.
Paul Rymer says he is losing over £3,000 a month selling his milk so he is sending his herd of nearly 300 cows to market.
And he is not alone, according to one auctioneer.
An opportunity to buy a well-equipped, self-contained farm with 317 acres of land that suits mixed or dairy/arable farming has arisen with the sale of Barnhills Farm, Kirkcolm, near Stranraer.
The coastal farm is being run as an arable and beef enterprise, but is also renowned as an excellent dairy farm, said agent Matthew Bell of H&H Land and Property.
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