Rachel’s won this year’s Good Dairy Award
We’re pleased to announce that on Tuesday 28th June 2016, Rachel’s won the Good Dairy Award which celebrates companies that demonstrate a firm commitment to higher welfare standards for dairy cows within the supply chain.
The award highlights our commitment to meeting the highest farm animal welfare standards, working very closely with our farmers to ensure we provide the best conditions for our cows.
Indeed, all of the fresh organic milk used at our Aberystwyth dairy is sourced directly from British organic dairy farms that operate to high welfare standards. Our farmers’ cows graze freely in pastures rich in lush green grass and clover, untreated with any artificial fertilisers or pesticides to produce naturally nutritious milk.
To enhance the welfare protection of dairy cows and calves, the Good Dairy Award looks to reward those companies who proactively work to address welfare challenges and promote specified higher standards for both calves and cows. Since the launch of the Good Dairy Award in 2011, more than 336,000 dairy cows and calves benefit each year as a result of award winners’ animal welfare policies.
In order to win the Good Dairy Award, specific higher animal welfare criteria have been met by Rachel’s and our supplying farmers. These include:
- A written grazing policy must be in place and cows must have access to grazing in the grass growing season
- No tethering is permitted
- No milk to be sourced from large scale dairy farms where access to adequate grazing is prohibited or limited
With this award, consumers can rest assured that all cows and calves within Rachel’s supply chain enjoy a higher level of welfare standard than the minimum legal requirement. Rachel’s will strive to continue being at the forefront of animal welfare standards to reassure our consumers that our products are produced in a sustainable and ethical way.