David and Wilma Finlay launch The Ethical Dairy

‘With livestock farming becoming more and more intensive, is it time to rethink how we run dairy farms?’

For organic dairy farmer David Finlay that was the question that refused to go away.  Nearly a decade after starting their journey to find a ‘new’ approach to dairying, David and Wilma Finlay launch The Ethical Dairy; their answer to the public’s increasing criticisms of the dairy farming industry.

Their solution?  Cow with Calf dairy farming – keeping the calves with their mums to suckle, and taking less milk as a result.  David Finlay explained: “What we’re doing is de-intensifying dairy farming.  It’s almost the opposite of what’s happening elsewhere in the industry.  By branding ourselves The Ethical Dairy we are not demonising farmers nor claiming to be perfect.  What we’re trying to convey is that in everything we do we aim to meet the highest ethical standards.

“Our goal was to farm in a way that is resilient, ecologically sound and less stressful for the animals and the people working with them.  So we’re leaving the calves with their mothers to suckle.  It means we take less milk from each cow but we’re seeing real benefits from this approach – longer living, healthier cows, less antibiotic use, faster growing calves and less purchased feed.”  http://www.theethicaldairy.co.uk

Springing in to Life at Cringletie: Time to plan, Time to enjoy so much new – A Celebration, A party, A quick escape or dining. The budding flowers make the gardens and the new Nature Trail something to behold, so enjoy a Spring break, 2 nights and a dinner from The New Spring menu is delicious. Click here to book your Spring Break

National Butchers Week celebrates the independent butcher and the unique service as an industry that they offer.

At Macbeths they are offering special discounts for the week and have a wonderful online shop for those of you who don’t live near Forres. Along with many other fine butchery Macbeths also rear Pure bred Highlanders – aren’t they magnificent? https://www.macbeths.com

Barley Bree is offering a final chance to snap up their Spring offer DBB for 1 night stay Wed, Thurs & Sunday £155 for a standard double room for two people for one night includes: accommodation, breakfast and 3 course meal from a la carte menu, click here for full details. Hurry though the offer ends on 29 March. http://barleybree.com

Whitmuir busy getting geared up for Easter. All their organic Easter Eggs are now online and in the https://www.whitmuir.scot/new-in-stock section, including dairy free eggs from Moo Free! Lambing has started and if you can make it out weekend they’re more than happy to introduce you to these wee guys.