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Pampered cows help milk buyer bring the finest to store shelves

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

  • Farmer Peter Blake, whose land overlooks Whitsand Bay, provides his herd with some of the most spectacular views in the Westcountry PICTURES: ANTHONY GREENWOOD/www.anthony-greenwood.com

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A Cornish dairy with processes some 25 million litres of milk a year believes its “happy, healthy” cows are the key to its success.

Trewithen, which is based at Lostwithiel in South East Cornwall, is the third largest direct milk buyer in Cornwall and employs more than 120 staff who deliver between 80,000 and 120,000 litres of milk per day.

It works with 29 farmers across the Duchy, to produce milk, butter, Cornish clotted cream and natural live yoghurt, and has developed a “three-point charter” to ensure the cows receive the very best care. Among those working with Trewithen is farmer Peter Blake whose land overlooking Whitsand Bay provides some of the most spectacular views in the Westcountry.

A third generation farmer, Mr Blake runs pedigree herd of 220 Friesian-Holstein, every one of which is home bred, which produce some 6,000 litres of milk a day for Trewithen.

Along with other Trewithen farmers, he takes great care of his animals giving them regular hoof pedicures and specially made mattresses to lie down on.

Francis Clarke, commercial director at Trewithen Dairy, said: “The welfare of our cows is very important to us and always at the heart of what we do.

“Peter is a great farmer who cares very much about his cows, treating them all like individuals and ensuring they are well looked after.

“It takes a lot of hard work to keep these animals happy and healthy, but the quality of the milk they produce makes it worth the effort. All the 29 farmers that we work with share our ethos and know that they get out what they put in to looking after their cows.”

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  • emurfitt  |  January 06 2014, 10:59AM

    Anything that eases the heavy burden on commercially exploited animals is to be welcome. However, to be truly humane, environmentally friendly and dramatically reduce our carbon footprint, the only way forward is to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

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  • groundnut  |  January 05 2014, 10:04PM

    It would be interesting to know this Farmer's views on BTb, cattle testing, bio security and related measures. Obviously as I am a supporter of a science based humane solution and support vaccination of both cattle and wildlife. I would hope to find some common ground along similar lines. But I do recognise farmers concerns about BTB . Clearly my own remarks are made in the context of the recent pilot Culls of Wildlife. Their high cost, results and their controversy as published in local newspapers. In my own view more of the same in 2014 is not any way forward towards a long term solution. But Science it seems even during the last two years has made significant progress. The £ 7.3 million projected to have been billed to the Taxpayer on this latest cull. Would again in my view have bought a lot of Vaccine and a lot of research, towards any solution. As it is, it appears to have been miss spent.

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