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Rosie with new calf Ruby
It is a sad decision, but after much heart ache and angst we have decided to sell our Friesian dairy herd and go out of milking. Sadly Ruby is one of the last Friesian cows to be born at Hoe Grange. We shall of course continue farming, but we will be concentrating on rearing beef and perhaps some sheep, as Hoe Grange is too rocky to comercially grow crops. This has all come about due to a little publicised European directive to reduce the nitrate levels in ground water. Under these new regulations, known as NVZ (Nitrogen venerable zones), farmers are required not to spread slurry between September and January. This in itself is not really a problem, but as well we are now required to have enough slurry storage for 5 months, although the closed spreading period is just 3 months. Can you believe that this extra unnecessary storage will cost the average dairy farmer £50,000 - £100,000, an additional direct expense with no prospect of any return on investment - so where will the extra money come from?
Falling milk prices, rising costs have meant a steady increase in the overdraught, but this extra burden was the last straw at Hoe Grange, along with being fed up with working 70 hour weeks for very little reward. Next Friday the entire dairy herd will be sold at auction, marking the end of a family enterprise of 50 + years and dairy farming at Hoe Grange for 100s of years. It is a sad fact that 30 years ago the parish of Brassington had over 20 dairy farms, but now there are less than 5!
The good news is that we will still be farming beef cattle and possibly sheep, and are planning to expand our holiday log cabins from 2 to 4, subject to planning permission. I hope you all like water on you cornflakes because in a few years time there won't be any dairy farms left in the UK, they will all be driven out of business by poor returns and over burdening red tape. But Hey... there's always a silver lining, I won't be milking cows on Christmas morning... If you want to help those dairy farmers that remain you could sign the online Fair Trade for British Dairy Farmers Petition, which is asking retailers to: - source British dairy products - use transparent and stable pricing mechanisms for liquid milk and cheese suppliers that offer producers a sustainable milk price - promote the Red Tractor logo on all own label British dairy products go to www.farmersguardian.com
Here's to a good sale day on Friday
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