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November 18, 2015

Buying Milk at The Co-operative?

Every time you buy milk from Co-op you are supporting our British Dairy Farming Group. With your help these farmers have the opportunity to share ideas and best practice about making their cows happier and healthier. This means top-quality milk for you and a better price for them.

In this blog we answer some the most common questions we get asked about our milk.

Where is your milk sourced?

Our fresh milk is 100% British and all of our own-brand liquid milk, yogurts, block butter and Cheddar cheese are 100% sourced from British milk. We work with a dedicated group of more than 200 dairy farmers from across England, Scotland and Wales who make up The Co-operative Dairy Group.

How do farmers benefit from being part of The Co-operative Dairy Group?

  • Our Diary Group farmers are guaranteed a premium price for every litre of milk they produce
  • They have the opportunity to share knowledge with fellow Dairy Group farmers
  • We help to monitor their farms’ environmental impact, energy and water efficiency
  • And we support the cost of two vet visits to each farm per year

How do you ensure that dairy farmers are paid a fair price for their milk?

We use what’s known as a ‘basket price’ method, which takes into account factors such as cost of production to offer a fair and representative view of the market.

For more information on our dairy group you can visit the The Co-operative Food Food Matters website…

Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. Hi Cathy,
    Organic standards are controlled by the Soil Association. Organic cows spend much of their lives our doors however, in poor weather, cows may be housed indoors. For more information on organic standards for livestock, please visit:
    Our standard milk is assured to the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Standards and the majority of this milk is provided by the 198 farmers with our Co-operative Dairy Group. We have a close relationship with these farmers and they meet on farm three times a year to listen to expert speakers, and have the chance to share ideas and best practice in efficiency, sustainability and animal welfare. Although the milk that we sell is not labelled using terms such as ‘free range’ or ‘grazed’, we have a grazing policy within our livestock standards. We require our farmers to give the cows access to grazing pasture where possible in season; obviously in poor weather and in winter the animal welfare needs to be considered as the highest priority. We pride ourselves on working with our dedicated farmers on a farm-by-farm basis to ensure that the decision of the duration of grazing is based on animal welfare with the considerations of weather conditions, infrastructure and the type of farming. I hope this helps. ^Andrea

  2. I’ve been buying co op organic milk in the hope the cows are pasture fed and have high welfare standards. If this is not the case I’ll have to shop elsewhere

  3. Hi Mary, please could you provide with the barcode for this product? Thanks ^Alice

  4. I would like to have confirmed by the Co-op the following: Is The Organic Semi Skimmed Milk from Co-op Store in Chilcompton, Somerset from cows that roam freely to graze and and not kept pregnant in order to produce more milk? Thanks

  5. But does it have the pastures promise??? If not, why not!

    • I dont think Coop milk has the Pastures promise, unless you buy Cotteswold Freerange milk at a Coop store. The Coop has been slow to respond to this issue but do any of the supermarkets sell their own freerange milk?


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