‘I am full of admiration for the Ahimsa project.’
 
Satish Kumar
Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
‘This wonderful initiative represents the pinnacle of animal welfare and a shift towards recognising the importance of being nonviolent to nature and to animals in the production of food’
 
Patrick Holden
Director of Sustainable Food Trust
‘If cows are treated according to the high ethical principles of cow protection, where no cows are slaughtered, their milk provides unlimited benefits for human health and I am delighted to support Ahimsa Milk’
 
Chrissie Hynde
(The Pretenders)
‘ALL YOU WHO CARE ABOUT WELFARE of COWS must see this. It IS possible to produce slaughter-free milk. Follow these guys!’
 
Brian May
(Queen guitarist)
  • The Ahimsa dairy is Britain’s first slaughter-free dairy where no cow or bull calf is killed
  • We have been working with Commonwork, a large organic farm in Kent for three years and they have bred all of our cattle
  • We are very grateful to have been associated with them during this time but we now want to move even closer to our revolutionary vision for dairy farming in Britain
  • Our unique system of dairy farming is not possible within the Commonwork framework as their objectives are different

An Opportunity

  • We now have land in Leicester where we can establish a dairy farm run entirely to our own principles. A key aspect will be meaningful employment of bulls, this being the key to the sustainable success of the project, bulls cannot simply do nothing and be maintained by income generated from the sale of milk / milk products.
  • We have secured an excellent project manager, one of the top hand-milkers and oxdrivers in Europe. He has over 15 years of experience running and developing a successful smallholding in Hungary. We therefore wish to shortly relocate our entire operation to Leicester … read more here in our case-for-support document.

Summary of present practice vs. future vision

  Present Practice
(within Commonwork framework)
Ahimsa Vision
(to be implemented in Leicester)
Cows in calf Previously every 2 years,
now annually
Every 3-4 years
Calves with
Mothers
5 days with no further access Continual access until 6 months
Conception Bull for first pregnancy followed by
artificial insemination (AI) for
future pregnancies
Natural insemination by bull
Milking method By machine Mainly by hand
Horns Debudding of milking cows All animals keep horns
Treats None Carrots and other vegetables
Land
management
By tractor By ox-power
Total herd size 100+ 36-40 (maximum)

 

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