Intensed Milk

“The Government itself declined to comment directly on the intensification issue but said that an over-supply of milk on the world market was partly to blame for the sharp fall in milk prices and therefore increasing production was ‘not the answer’. ‘It’s about increasing the great things we do with that liquid milk.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986357/the_march_of_the_industrial_megadairy_is_this_the_future_of_milk.html)

DEFRA once again offers penetrating insight that an over-supply will not be solved by increasing production and that milk is liquid.

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Tubercullosis

“Scientists have found a clear correlation between more intensive farming systems and cattle falling ill with TB. … Farms with herds of 150 cattle or more are 50% more likely to suffer an outbreak of TB than herds with fewer than 50 animals. … The researchers also find a clear correlation between the use of maize for silage cattle feed and the incidence of TB.” (http://www.soilassociation.org/news/newsstory/articleid/8547/intensive-farming-link-with-bovine-tb)

This news will only exacerbate government’s cognitive dissonance regarding badgers. It will be filed under ‘more evidence that badgers, through herding cattle into small barns and feeding them maize, are infecting them with bTB.’

Fairyterror

“Pooh wouldn’t have had such fun in the Hundred Acre Wood if Piglet had spent his days in an intensive pig unit and … Peter Rabbit’s life would be dull to read about if he’d been kept in a cage.” (http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2015/10/livestock-in-literature)

Yet it’s not all bad: we wouldn’t have the Gruffalo if it weren’t for early genetic modification experiments.

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Bovindoors

“In reaction to pressure on [milk] price, some farming leaders are encouraging a move to intensive dairy farming; keeping cows indoors all year, in so-called zero-grazing units or mega-dairies.” (http://www.ciwf.org.uk/news/2015/08/compassion-calls-for-reform-of-dairy-industry/)

When the price slump is a result of reduced global demand, producing more is radical logic. Perhaps it needs more weedkiller