New figures released by the government today have revealed that UK milk production is rising at a faster rate than the size of the national dairy herd, meaning cows are being made to produce more milk per animal. This is clear evidence of the increasing intensification of dairy farming, which can have serious health implications for the cows. Deliveries of milk during February were up more than 11 per cent compared with a year ago whilst the national dairy herd grew by just 1.5 per cent throughout 2013.

Cows have been selectively bred to produce unnaturally high quantities of milk. Sadly producing more milk strips their bodies of essential minerals, including calcium and magnesium leaving them prone to disease. The poor cows also face confinement to sheds and pens as there is not enough grazing for them. I have seen dairy cows at the end of their short lives and they look like hell – every ounce of life has been drained from them and they are like walking corpses with misery etched into their beautiful dark eyes.

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Any increase in the national dairy herd means more calves, generally an unwanted by-product which are either killed at a young age or sent off in trucks to Europe to be kept in tiny pens until being killed for veal.

Cows are being treated as units of production to make money at the lowest possible cost, rather than living creatures capable of suffering. They are literally being milked to death to feed a nation which is getting more and more obsessed with milky drinks, mainly lattes and mochas in large coffee chains. It is bad for the cows and it is bad for humans as diary is not good in large quantities being acidic in nature and hard to digest.

Please cut down on diary consumption and ask others to do the same. We can buy so many substitutes now – an oat milk latte is just as delicious as an ordinary latte without the fat and cruelty! Almond milk is porridge is much tastier than ordinary milk and coconut milk in smoothies is delicious! Spread the word that too much milk is unhealthy and that there are much better alternatives and maybe we can reverse this upward trend and get less milk production.