DAIRY FARMERS DISAPPEARING

Foreign imports of milk are cheaper than British dairy farmers can produce.

British dairy farmers could be forced out of business by cheap imports of milk.

Years ago British steel was too expensive and could be produced cheaper abroad.

Same went for coal.

When dairy farmers have gone bankrupt and there is hardly any milk being produced in Britain will the the EU countries still keep the price of milk low.

Did they do this with steel and coal?

Looking after a dairy herd is a skill that takes a long time to learn.  It used to be passed down in the family.  Now young people know they will not be able to earn a living from dairy farming. 

It must be a sad day when a dairy herd that has been on the same farm for years has to be sold at auction. 

When I was nobbut a lass there were three or four dairy farmers in the village.  The milk was collected in churns and went to be processed locally. 

The cows in the village  were sometimes herded through the village streets  to and fro to the milking parlour, depending on which field they had been grazing in.

The village was busy with farming.

The milk went in churns to a local dairy.  So the carbon footprint would have been minimal.

But that was a long time ago and is a long way away from where we are now.

I wonder if we will all end up using powdered milk.

We only produce 60% of our own food and we are one of the most populated countries in the world.  We are about ten times more densly populated than France and America. 

The politicians should be thinking long term of our food security, but they don’t. 

What if the imports of food dry up? 

What if there is a few years of bad harvest all over the world and there is no excess food to be imported to Britain. 

What if the price of food that is being brought into Britain sky rockets and becomes a luxury

One of the signs of a third world country is the fact that it cannot feed itself. 

Am I scaremongering.  What do you think?

3 thoughts on “DAIRY FARMERS DISAPPEARING

  1. John

    You’re not scaremongering. Actually a cursory look at the world and a bit of common sense reveals a lot of problems such as what you mention. It’s also of no surprise to our politicians – looking at the laws they are currently passing must we assume it’s purely coincidental that the laws will work well in the circumstances you mention.

    For a very good grounding on many topics as well as some food for thought, I recommend Chris Martenson’s course. All that info for free – isn’t the internet great!

    http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse

    Thanks for your site – I found it while trying to work out how to feed “our” blackbird while avoiding the pigeons and magpies hoovering up everything!

  2. Kayjays

    It’s good to see that awareness lies outside the farm gate. Every sector of farming is in crisis in the UK.
    Many factions are at work to undermine the industry, this government in the lead.
    Look in the fields and compare livestock numbers now with those you saw a few years ago. They’ve become a luxury too expensive to keep….. Then see how the bracken and brambles already encroach across once grazed areas.
    The right to roam? You’ll need to take a machette with you before long!

  3. Trish Post author

    IGood to hear from you. I agree with a lot of what you say. It is strange when we import 50% of our food that farmers are having such a bad time – you would think we would be welcome and our advice wanted.

    I so agree with you about livestock numbers. red tape, low return and a lot of other reasons are to blame.

    I live on the Yorkshire Wolds and bracken and brambles aren’t encroaching here, but it’s sad (more than sad) if they are encroaching. It will change the look of England won’t it?

    I know that people like walking, so do I. The right to roam does not seem to have any advice about cattle and other livestock.
    I was talking to someone who goes walking and she thought that all cattle were friendly! She had walked through a suckler herd of cows. I explained that suckler herds are not handled like diary cows are handled and that they will be playful, curious and very strong if they decide to gather round you.

    Thanks for getting in touch. I happen to live on a farm, but as this website is about birds I don’t mention it much. It’s just sometimes the countryside, farming and wildlife collide and I have to mention things. Trisha

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