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Celebrate British Dairy

Celebrate British Dairy


Whether it's on your cereal, as part of your porridge, in your tea, as a yoghurt, as delicious ice cream or as part of a great British cheese sarnie, British milk and all its wonderful products are an established favourite.

What can you do to back British dairy farmers?

Buy more British dairy products, especially by choosing British cheeses, yoghurts and butter.

If you don't see these British products clearly on the shelves then ask for them. Be informed and speak to a shop manager if you are unsure about the products you are buying.

The same is true for food services.

When dining out in restaurants or cafes keep an eye open for British food on the menu and don't hesitate to ask your favourite eateries to support British dairy farmers by serving fresh, delicious British products.

Check out this simple but comprehensive shopping guide to backing British dairy.

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Other ways you can get involved in backing British dairy 

There are some great ways in which you can back British dairy farmers. Use the links and videos on this page to share to social media (we've some great tips here on what to share and how to shoot video on your phone).

Give us a mention in your social posts and we'll retweet, like and favourite.

Key NFU social media accounts:


How you can learn more about the great British dairy industry - share our facts:

How you can back British dairy - From finding your nearest British dairy ice cream producer to seeing which retailers support British dairy farmers this page has the inside info.

FAQs: The British Dairy Industry - Our guide to the dairy industry looks at what hardworking British farmers do every day, the sector's value to the economy, its outstanding welfare credentials, strong environmental track record and the nutritional value of dairy products.

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Blog: How dairy farmers care for their cows, the vet's view - hear from the former president of the British Veterinary Association, John Blackwell.

Public positive about farmers - and taking action, survey shows - two-thirds of people regularly look out for British food while out shopping.

Why are dairy products important as part of a balanced diet? - Ian Givens, professor of food chain nutrition at the University of Reading, outlines the important benefits of milk and dairy products, consumed as part of a balanced diet.

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How we showcased showcased British #HappyCows on World Milk Day - The NFU and farmers across the country celebrated all that's great about milk and British dairy on 1 June 2017.

Championing British dairy - meet Abi Reader - Third generation farmer Abi Reader milks 180 head of cattle at the family farm in South Wales.

British Dairy Ice Cream Map - discover real British Dairy ice cream and where to find it.

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NFU national dairy board chairman Michael Oakes wants everyone to know about animal welfare standards in the UK. Michael is a tenant farmer on the southern outskirts of Birmingham and runs a closed herd of 180 pedigree Holsteins. 

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Young, vibrant and passionate about farming - British Farmer & Grower magazine talks to three driven young people committed to their careers in dairy 

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Eat it...Dairy - Gemma Bower takes a look at our great British dairy industry and meets dairy farmer Abi Reader.

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Video: Paul Tompkins on his #happycows

Video: How do cows produce milk?

Did you know that every day one cow produces 25 litres of milk? This short video from our suite of teaching materials explains more.

_45735Key environmental achievements by British dairy farmers:

  • 78 per cent of dairy farmers are currently taking action to reduce the GHG emissions on their farm-this is the highest percentage out of all farming sector.
  • Dairy farmers have met their 2015 target of 15 per centrenewable energy uptake.
  • 77 per cent of dairy holdings are now implementing nutrient management plans. In addition to this, 69 per cent of these farmers are updating their management plan every year.
  • Of the 43 large processing sites (those processing over 50 tonnes of milk a day) currently reporting into the Roadmap, 39 (91 per cent) have an EMS in place.
  • Currently only four per cent of ex-factory waste from large Dairy Roadmap sites is sent to landfill, this is compared to 32% in 2008. 14 large sites reported zero waste to landfill in 2014, a vast improvement from 2008 when no sites were doing this.


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