Doing what comes naturally
WITH reference to the letter from Michael Oakes of the NFU (Letters, February 15), I would like to say that what he writes doesn’t make sense. To say that Red Tractorassured dairy farmers must allow their animals to ‘exhibit their natural behaviour’ is misleading. Dairy cows that are housed all year round certainly can’t graze, walk on grass and lie in the sun, all of which are more natural behaviours than being confined indoors on a concrete floor.
Red Tractor is the same scheme that allows RMS (recycled manure solids) as cattle bedding, which, as a dairy farmer, I find difficult to understand.
These issues need to be aired in public as the consumer is a powerful force for change and deserves to be aware of what’s really going on. Sometimes, a little empathy for animals is necessary—otherwise, we are ruled by financial returns alone. David Robinson, Carmarthenshire