Local dairy Farmers are being supported by Farmers Weekly with their downloadable poster. Click here to download the poster. Lower milk prices means that diary farmers are under pressure to produce large amounts of milk for smaller and smaller amounts of money. Farmers Weekly share some tips on how we can support our local dairy farmer.
As the poster says above – strive to buy British products. Not just milk, look out for local cheeses, butter, yogurt and cream. Many farmers markets and farm shop now allow you to pay directly to the farmers rather than by going through a supermarket who have slashed prices.
Buy products which have the Red Tractor logo.
The Red Tractor is a food assurance scheme which covers production standards developed by experts on safety, hygiene, animal welfare and the environment amongst other things.We all want to know that the food we are buying is safe and this only comes from knowing where the raw ingredients come from and the standards to which they are produced, which is why all suppliers in the Red Tractor food chain are inspected and certified by an independent professional body. The Red Tractor certifies that food has been produced to independently inspected standards right across the food chain – from farm to pack. (Source)
Shop in Supermarkets who support local farmers. Not all supermarkets are bad. Farmers Weekly recommend The Co-operative, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Talk to your local shop employees to find out if buying milk from their store is benefitting local farms.
Click here to read the full article about supporting local milk producers at Farmers Weekly.