Farmers proved at the weekend that cows can dance, they just need the right tune.
Sixty farmers, including the farmers’ choir and Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC), performed an all-singing, all-dancing ‘flash mob‘ in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street to promote the benefits of dairy products to consumers, and to demonstrate their solidarity for the dairy industry, which is struggling with low returns, high business costs and a poor summer.
The performance was intended to highlight the simple things that consumers can do if they want to help support the industry. The choir handed out information to passers-by and is encouraging all shoppers to take the Dairy Promise and look for a quality logo such as the Red Tractor on all their dairy products as a sign of food you can trust.
The Red Tractor is the largest food assurance scheme in the UK and ensures the food we buy is traceable, safe to eat and has been produced responsibly in Britain from the farm to your fork.
Kate Picken, dairy farmer’s wife and founder of the farmers’ choir, said: “The idea for the song ‘Milk Must have a Future’ came about in response to the dairy crisis. I changed the words in a well known song to reflect the lives of dairy farmers, who love the job they do. They care passionately about their cows and the milk that leaves the farm gate each and every day is as one of the lines in the song says: ‘wholesome fresh nutritious and it tastes delicious’.
“For the many shoppers who care that the milk for their cereal, cheese for their sandwich and cream for their summer strawberries meets the highest food safety and animal welfare standards, the easiest thing they can do is to look for the Union Jack on the Red Tractor on the packet, which guarantees that the product can be traced back to UK farms.”
“The idea for the song ‘Milk Must have a Future’ came about in response to the dairy crisis. I changed the words in a well known song to reflect the lives of dairy farmers, who love the job they do.”Kate Picken, dairy farmer’s wife and founder of the farmers’ choir
Scott Wilson, dairy engineer and national chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs, said: “As well as dairy farmers, there are many other people whose livelihoods depend on the future of the dairy sector; for example, my 23 colleagues and I supply and install dairy equipment as part of a family business. There are also the farmworkers, feed merchants, hauliers and vets whose livelihoods are dependent on a thriving rural economy.
“SAYFC members are brilliant at helping each other out and having fun at the same time, and I was delighted to see young farmers from across the whole of Scotland come together at this very busy time of year - when many people are harvesting day and night - to sing and dance for this very important cause. We had young dairy farmers in the group, as well as others from different sectors who know how interdependent our industry is.”
Stuart Martin of the Scottish Dairy Hub, which supported the event, said: “Today’s event demonstrates the admirable creativity, tenacity and solidarity of our brilliant dairy industry.
“I hope that everyone involved in the Scottish dairy sector knows that they can contact the Scottish Dairy Hub at any time for free, confidential advice or to be connected with suppliers and service providers throughout the UK.”