The calf-friendly, cow-kind micro-dairy!
producing proper-milk with compassion, making the world a better place for dairy cows
"you can taste the kindness"
Overnight online delivery service - UK Wide
Fiona Provan a first generation farmer, grew up with an overwhelming passion for nature, animals and all things wild.. The youngest daughter of a vet, a tough Scot, her father had a reputation for being the best cattle vet in the district. Brought up in the farming community she was surrounded by 'all creatures great and small'.
Fiona witnessed a lot of bad practice within the farming industry, she spent decades of petitioning & relentlessly campaigning against the cruelty of factory farming and industrialised food production with it's degradation of soils, destruction of ecosystems, our beautiful planet 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, carefree cows who are treated with love and respect in the same way she kept her 'house-cows' but the difference would be to make a living from selling the milk rather than it being for the household. She coined the phrase/name of her dairy by combining two conventionally, 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)
"it's a ridiculous idea"
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 , selling Raw milk from Purely Pasture Fed Jersey Cows who are allowed to keep their calves!
"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 luxuriously 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. We take card payments at the farm-gate.
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 there aren't boxes to suit us anyway - we are proudly outside the box!
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 email@example.com (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 now have a
SATURDAY DELIVERY service............
..........We have vacancies for volunteers/trainees possibility of job if happy with each other........
.......The Milk Police are reviewing the sales of raw milk if you believe we should make our own choices as consumers and don't want to lose the right to buy raw milk legally then please can you fill out this quick questionnaire?..............
Lets take back control of our food systems
........Don't forget our barn shop is always open for farm gate sales 24/7 every flipping day of the year...........
now sold till autumn 2018
To keep up with our every day movements and news find us mainly on Facebook, some on Twitter & a little bit on 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
Farmhouse butter fund
We desperately want to fulfil all of our customers requests for proper butter and one of our many wonderful customers has taken it upon themselves set up a crowd funding page for a decent butter churn see link below
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, share on social media, 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.