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Plans for Super Dairy Withdrawn!

Posted 16 February 2011

Animal Aid has today (16th Feb) learnt that plans for a controversial super dairy in Nocton, Lincolnshire have been withdrawn due to an objection from The Environment Agency. This is fantastic news for the dairy cows who would have been spending most of their short lives imprisoned in hangar-like sheds with little or no access to pasture.

Last year, pressure from concerned members of the public and national groups, forced Nocton Dairies to scrap the original proposal for the UK’s biggest dairy herd. A new application for a farm half the size (3,700 cows) was re-submitted in December 2010, although the dairy company admitted that they planned to expand to house 8,100 cows once they had permission for the smaller unit.

Despite further submissions from Nocton Dairies, The Environment Agency has maintained that, if the application had been granted by North Kesteven District Council, there would have been a considerable risk to the highly fractured, limestone aquifer underlying the proposed site. The aquifer supplies drinking water to a substantial amount of properties and local residents.

The vast volumes of slurry that this farm would have produced had the potential to quickly reach groundwater and pose a significant pollution risk. It has been recorded that, in 2009, a quarter of all reported farming-related pollution incidents were from the dairy industry. Not only would a pollution incident on this scale put local residents at risk, but it could also have a major impact on the health of nearby waterways and wildlife.

Animal Aid is pleased to hear that plans for this super dairy will not be going ahead. Not only would it have been terrible for the cows incarcerated there but it would also have set a precedent for future US style mega farms, which bring with them environmental pollution, noise, increased traffic, smells, flies and possibly bad health for local residents, not to mention appalling animal welfare standards. Of course, dairy cows suffer whether reared in intensive, free-range or organic units. The only way to prevent such suffering is to go dairy-free.

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