Welcome to the organic milk education site! Here you can learn more about organic dairy farming and how it differs from non-organic farming.
There is also lots of information about our exciting Hedgerow Safari programme including what it involves, how it links with the National Curriculum, news, feedback and how to book.
In order for milk or any related milk product to be accurately labelled as “organic”, it must have originated from livestock that were raised and cared for using the organic farming methods which are standardized and regulated by UK food and health authorities.
The essential requirements are that the livestock, in the case of milk the cows, must be treated humanely all their lives, must be allowed to graze on the open range and eat grass that is free of chemical pesticide and cannot be given drugs such as growth hormones.
Organic milk is commonly considered to be the healthiest variety of milk on the market because it is believed to be more free of artificial chemicals such as farming pesticides or cattle medications. Many nutrition experts and health and fitness professionals recommend organic milk. Simon Butler, director of personal trainer courses at Discovery Learning Birmingham, said: “we advise all our trainee fitness trainers to tell their clients to drink a pint of organic milk every day to aid in maintenance of teeth and bones.”
In 2011 we are running a series of Hedgerow Safaris on our farms around the UK. These will be aimed at children at Key Stage 2 level and are an excellent way of having fun while learning about organic farming and the environment. There is no charge for these events and we’ll give you some goodies to take away too.
Milk doesn’t just come from the shop or supermarket. In order for you to get milk on the breakfast table, dairy farmers have to work hard all year round (even Christmas Day) looking after and milking their cows. In this section you can learn about the dairy cow’s year and some of the differences between organic and non-organic farming.
Hill House Farm
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live and work on an organic dairy farm? Hill House Farm is an actual working farm near Bristol and the Hurford family will be writing a regular blog so that you can keep up to date with what’s happening with the people, cows and wildlife that live here.
An excellent way for children to learn about organic milk and organic farming in general as regards to cows is for them to have a go at milking a cow themselves.
The girl you see in the image below and to the right is Stacy West from Rochester, Kent, just one of many young children who have benefited from the opportunities our organization provides to children to visit farms and milk cattle. Cows are amazingly gentle and lovely creatures, and all children find milking cows to be a fun, educational and emotionally rewarding experience. Use the contact form below to get in touch and arrange a farm visit for your child.