The calf-friendly, cow-kind micro-dairy!
Producing proper milk humanely, with compassion
"you can taste the kindness"
Overnight online delivery service - UK Wide
Fiona Provan grew up with an overwhelming passion for nature, animals and all things wild.. The youngest daughter of a vet, a hard Scots man, her father had a reputation for being the best cattle vet in the district. Brought up in a farming community she was surrounded by 'all creatures great and small'.
Fiona spent decades of relentless petitioning/campaigning against the cruelty of factory farming and industrialised food production with it's degradation of soils, destruction of ecosystems, our beautiful planet and risk to human health. She became depressed from the frustration of her futile attempts at trying to make things better.
The rise of the mega dairy was the last straw and once her 3 kids were off her hands she finally took the bull by the horns, and began to stir up a micro-dairy movement by setting a 'Gold-Top-Standard' for producing and selling Proper milk from contented, and carefree cows who are treated with love and respect.. She coined the name of her dairy by combining two incompatible & contradictory terms - 'Cow with calf at foot' and 'dairy' (not seen together in the conventional farming world), she married the two together (calf at foot & dairy)
After many years of hard slog, criticism and being told "it can't be done", "You're mad it's a crazy stupid idea" etc her grit and determination won through. Working on a shoestring it took a while but her micro-dairy, then with just 8 cows and their calves, was finally and officially launched at The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival September 2012. So there you have it the original 'Calf at Foot Dairy' was born !
"I never believed the cow was here to produce milk for us/people, no I think it's for her calf, but every day cows in conventional systems are suffering, so i decided to have a go at making the world a better place for dairy cows." Our beautiful little herd of Jersey cows spend their days munching their way through their ‘purely pasture’ diet and producing lots of nutritious, creamy RAW milk which we share with their calves. A symbiotic relationship has evolved between us and our cows - we are they and they are us! Our cows are 100% grassfed and always allowed to roam inside and out with sunlight on their backs our cows are protected from the elements with shelter on all aspects.
"I consider myself to be a peasant grazier I am a tenant farmer attempting to use holistic management with the intention of regenerating soil and biodiversity on the land within my care"
Our Jersey cows delicious and lusciously creamy, RAW milk can be delivered via mail order all over the UK or bought directly from the farm at any time (Self Service - open 24/7) but, make sure you leave time to wander in amongst the girls - they are very welcoming and don't mind showing off their calves.
At The CAFD We are delighted to find there are more and more compassionate discerning and considerate consumers who share our desire to make the world a better place for dairy cows and happy to pay a fair and proper price for humanely produced, proper milk.
We also train and help other would be calf-at-footers set up their own Cow-Kind, Calf-friendly micro-diaries and youngsters are always welcome for training and preparation for entry into a brave new world of responsible, regenerative and ethical farming.
We are not certified by an organic body or any other certifying body, we are proudly 'unsigned' we don't feel these bodies do our high standards and methods any justice and we do not feel the need to tick any more boxes than we already have to by law. and our methods are actually outside any boxes anyway!
Our customers are our certifying body and just to reassure you..............
Our beautiful Jersey cows are fed a natural diet and that means
· No grain, no cereal, no soya, no GMOs' – just grass. #PurelyPastureFed #ProperMilk
· No routine use of antibiotics, wormers or chemicals on our cows or our farm.
N.B We now have pre-payment online shop go to our Ordering & Prices page, lets give it a go and see if it's more convenient.
Or for anything different - If you have any queries go to our Contact page or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please only ring if you really have to - phone calls tend to get forgotten or worse, you may catch me in a foul mood! but if you insist here is my number 07787103508 and don't forget to like/follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
.......running news.......We have vacancies for volunteers/trainees possibility of job if happy with each other.
........Don't forget our barn shop is always open for farm gate sales 24/7 every day of the flipping year.
We now have skimmed & semi skimmed milk
( much to my disapproval ^ ^ )
all cuts ready to buy at Home Farms Gate/BarnShop and on line!!!!
..........ask for availability for Proper Butter, Proper Cream and Cultured Butter Milk.
We are even now selling small amounts of skimmed milk and it actually doesn't taste half bad - surprisingly it still tastes like milk!!
To keep up with our every day movements and news find us on Facebook, twitter & instagram.
We still are still working off a shoestring but
If you don't drink milk and love what we do you can contribute to our good work by making a small donation to:
ACCOUNT 1 1 1 1 37 1 1 SORT 089300
or by following the link below
The Sustainable Food Trust film 2016
All online content, including that of this website, is protected under copyright by law. BUT..... Unfortunately for the law, WE WANT OUR METHODS SPREAD. Please, spread the word, link to our website, tell your friends and shout it from the rooftops. Together, we can make the world a better place for dairy cows, and together we will make calf at foot dairying the norm.