On Monday, December 10 the Cab Sec visited Wester Manbeen Farm, Elgin. Farm owners Alick and David Hendry are members of the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative.
The visit provided the opportunity to highlight the different aspects of organic dairy farming compared with conventional dairy farming and its ability to provide an everyday consumer product which also delivers a broader range of valuable environmental, animal welfare and economic benefits.
Richard Lochhead MSP commenting after the visit, said: "I am committed to supporting all parts of Scotland's dairy industry and helping our producers to exploit the full potential that the sector has to offer and that's one of the reasons why I have established a strategic dairy review, due to report early next year."
"I was very interested to visit Wester Manbeen Farm and find out more about our organic dairy sector and their commitment to producing a high quality product while raising healthy, naturally-reared cows and protecting Scotland's natural heritage."
Richard Hampton, head of marketing and communications said: "We were delighted that Mr Lochhead accepted our invitation to visit the farm. It provided a worthwhile opportunity for Alick and David to demonstrate the environmental and welfare benefits associated with organic dairy farming. OMSCO has a significant export business, so it was particularly pleasing that OMSCo's contribution to the Scottish economy has been reflected with a visit from such a high profile member of the government"