Our dairy cows have access to grazing fresh grass in the fine weather and are sheltered in comfortable airy barns with plenty of room to lie and turn in comfort when the weather is inclement. The cows like to loaf about in groups and lie on fresh bedding - with lots of readily available food and water.
Our dairy farmers produce a comprehensive herd health plan in conjunction with their farm vet. This is continually monitored to ensure that the dairy cows are kept healthy and happy.
Does Waitrose know all the farmers?
Yes we do, and we meet them regularly, along with our milk processor, Dairy Crest. Many of our farmers have been supplying milk to Waitrose for more than 10 years. This group includes our own dairy farm on the Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Having this kind of long-term relationship means we can all plan for the future, with the aim of continually improving what we do over time.
How do Waitrose dairy farmers help protect wildlife and the countryside?
Waitrose offer farmers a long-term commitment and fair prices, which enable them to invest in sustainable farming methods that work in harmony with the environment. For example, each dairy farm dedicates a minimum of 10% of its farm area to wildlife habitat and has an individual action plan to protect and enhance the wildlife species on their farm. This is produced in conjunction with independent specialist wildlife advisors.
Does all this cost more?
Yes, but the extra cost isn’t passed on to you. essential Waitrose milk is competitively priced. Even though we pay a significant premium to the farmers for the additional work needed to achieve and maintain our high standards and to allow them to re-invest in their farms, this is not passed on to our customers.
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