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Raising Overworked Cows' Work Load? - 17/01/2008
 
VEGA comments on a DEFRA consultation on A proposal for two per cent increase to milk quotas from 2008


VEGA comments on a DEFRA consultation on A proposal for two per cent increase to milk quotas from 2008


1. We disagree that producing milk from cows are an advantage to the public, it overloads the market with butterfat in particular and the problems with surplus calves (veal). Instead of raising the quotas, it would be of use to look at alternatives to cow’s milk, which are well advanced, e.g. soya milks and yogurts. Farmers should be encouraged to diversify to other sources of basic products for converting into milks (other products than soya) and we have suggested a number of alternatives which seem to be feasible in accord with matters of carbon footprinting.

2. The trends in dairy farming suggest an increasing intensification and increasing zero grazing and feedlots which would have adverse consequences on animals and the environment.

3. The future indicates much more intention to grow food not feed policies; much greater use of plant based foods. In agronomical terms it is therefore much better to produce milks from soya beans or other proteinaceous pulses through manufacturing in hygienic circumstances, than through overworked cows.  
 
 

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