Milking it for all it’s worth - Times Online: "How do you like your milk? From a dairy cow that frolics in buttercups and clover? Or just as cheap as it can possibly be? There is a furious debate about this — and on the future of dairy in Britain — around the plans for Britain’s first American-style dairy feed lot, which will house 8,100 cows in sheds year-round at Nocton in Lincolnshire. Campaigners say the cows will live as unnaturally as battery chickens.
Compassion in World Farming calls the plan disastrous, the Soil Association says it is “beyond reason”; 73 MPs have signed a motion condemning it, while the Facebook group Oppose The UK’s Biggest Factory Farm has 3,500 members. But Peter Willes, a Devonshire dairy farmer who is part of the Nocton consortium, is confident the �40 million facility will get the go-ahead and start milking at the end of this year, despite the “load of tosh” being spread around the internet."