Cows Belong in Fields campaign
Earlier this year, Cwrt Malle Farm in Carmarthenshire applied for retrospective planning consent for a mega-dairy housing 1,800 cows. In September, following objections from local residents and organisations including Compassion, this application was withdrawn.
This is great news! However, we have reason to fear that the application will at some point be re-submitted. We will remain vigilant and be ready to act if and when this happens.
And a step in the wrong direction
On Tuesday, Powys County Council’s planning committee met to discuss an application to extend a dairy house in Leighton, near Welshpool, to a capacity of 1000 cows.
The expanded farm would be an intensive system, with around 9 times more cows than the average UK dairy herd.
Compassion in World Farming submitted a 10-page objection to the application, and the Council’s own planning department recommended that the application be REFUSED as it ‘fundamentally conflicted’ with the local policy for development.
Yet, despite all this, the planning committee announced they were ‘minded to approve’ the application subject to the resolution of ‘outstanding issues’. This decision is a step in the wrong direction for dairy farming.
Why Cows Belong in Fields
At Compassion, we strongly believe that Cows Belong in Fields. Not only is pasture-based dairy farming better for the welfare of cows, it can also be better for the environment. We will continue to monitor plans for these and other mega-dairies wherever they appear in the UK, and take all possible steps to oppose them.
We are also supporting a new initiative called Pasture Promise TV, launched by Graham Harvey, scriptwriter and former agriculture advisor to ‘The Archers’ on Radio 4. Your generous donations have recently helped us to produce DVDs of a short film from Pasture Promise, and these have been sent to hundreds of people in the farming industry in order to highlight the benefits of pasture-based dairy farming. You can view the film here.
Once again, thank you. Without your support, we could not continue fighting to keep cows in fields where they belong.
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