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Mega-dairy UK: stealth rise in factory farming

Data gathered from industry and public records shows that there are now 20 American-style indoor factory dairies across Britain, each housing herds of between 700 and 2,000 cows without free access to pastures. In some cases the cattle are kept indoors all year-round. The industrialisation of milk production is seen as a response to plummeting prices paid by retailers for the product. Some campaigners have warned that the process, also known as Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations or Cafos, raises environmental and welfare concerns, and risks transforming the British countryside. Mike King, vice chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers says that although a swing towards industrialised farming techniques is inevitable, it shouldn't herald the end of smaller, efficient, family farms.

 

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