View our undercover investigation into the British dairy goat industry:
Think today’s dairy goat farming is benign and mostly small-scale? Think again. Watch our film to find out more.
Through a series of ground-breaking undercover investigations Viva! has shone a light on the rapidly expanding goat milk industry in the UK – including farms that supply the UK’s biggest supermarkets.
Behind the pastoral image so often portrayed, our exposé has found potentially illegal and other routine mutilation of baby animals, disease outbreaks, piles of dead carcasses, intensified zero-grazing farming practices and billy goats increasingly sold for the ethnic food market. It is this intensification that has allowed the industry to surpass the production of two million litres a year in Britain for the first time.
In May 2012, we filmed undercover at Upper Enson Farm (Britain’s largest grazing goat herd) in Staffordshire, who milk around 1,800 goats for Delamere Dairies – who supply M&S, Waitrose, The Co-op, Sainsbury’s and a number of other major UK retailers. In September/October 2011, we also filmed at Bromes Farm in Somerset, which farms around 1,200 zero-grazed goats and supplies Tesco.