Farm Ireland

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Britain's retailers in 'super dairy' ban

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Four of Britain's largest supermarket chains have said they would not buy milk from so-called 'super' dairy farm Nocton Dairies.

Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose have all ruled out taking milk from the Lincolnshire farm, while Morrisons said they were undecided and Asda declined to comment.

The supermarkets' reluctance to deal with the super dairy was confirmed last week.

Nocton Dairies hit the headlines earlier this year when it announced plans to create an 8,100-cow herd that would have been four times the size of the largest existing British herd.

Following extensive campaigning by local and animal welfare groups, the plans for the dairy unit were withdrawn in April.

However, Nocton Dairies re-emerged on Thursday with new plans for a smaller scale dairy unit consisting of 3,770 cows, mainly housed in 10 buildings with outside loafing and some grazing in summer.

According to Nocton Dairies, the accommodation will now include 5pc more 'loose stall' beds than there are animals, to reflect industry best practice.

The two farmers behind the plan, David Barnes and Peter Willes, admitted they were taken aback by the public reaction.

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