Our Book

A Dairy Story is the full, no holds barred, story of the transformation of our farm, from conventional farm to cow-with-calf, organic, 100% pasture, regenerative dairy. The book is a memoir, which means it's also the story of us; our motivations and our hopes for the future. It’s more than a dairy story, it’s our story.

To enable the book to happen quickly, it was self-published via a crowdfunding campaign, and more than 400 people helped to make it happen. Thank you to each and every one of them. The book was officially launched at the Wigtown Book Festival on 29th September 2022.

The hardback copies of A Dairy Story that were published via the crowdfunder are now almost sold out.

To ensure the book is widely accessible and available to non-UK readers, we have made it available to buy as a print-on-demand paperback via Amazon. This will print at roughly the same size as the original hardback. It's also available to buy on Kindle. You can find it on the following pages:

Buy In Person

The following shops regularly have stock of A Dairy Story. Please call ahead to confirm availability before making a special journey.

Cream o' Galloway Rainton Farm, Castle Douglas DG7 2DR
Loch Arthur Farm Shop Beeswing, Dumfries DG2 8JQ
Barry Smart Newsagent King St, Castle Douglas DG7 1LU
Earth's Crust Bakery 36-38 St Andrew St, Castle Douglas DG7 1EN
Designs Gallery & Cafe 179 King St, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ
Gallovidia Books 75 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4DS
Galloway Lodge Fleetvale, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HP
House o' Hill Bargrennan, Newton Stewart DG8 6RN
Waterstones Dumfries 79-83 High St, Dumfries DG1 1BN
Cairn o' Mhor East Inchmichael, Errol, Perth PH2 7SP
Babbinswood Farm Berghill Ln, Oswestry SY11 4PF
Old Hall Farm Norwich Rd, Bungay NR35 2LP
Summerfield Books The Old Coach House Skirsgill Business Park, Penrith CA11 0DJ
Valvona & Crolla 19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

If you are interested in stocking A Dairy Story, please contact us on hello@theethicaldairy.co.uk

A Dairy Revolution

We want cow-with-calf regenerative dairy farming to become as normal as free-range eggs. 

So we are going to do everything we can to show that this approach to dairy farming is productive, efficient and affordable. That means, we're going to share everything we know.

In addition to A Dairy Story we have decided to write a handbook outlining our farming system in detail. This is being written at the moment by David and Charles, our Dairy Manager. It will include detail on our regenerative approach to farm management, as well as detail on the cow-with-calf system. We will make it available as a low cost e-book. Everyone who pre-ordered A Dairy Story via the crowdfunder will also receive a copy of the e-book as soon as it's ready.  

Work has also begun on a filming project. This is about capturing as much as possible about what goes on here in a year, with the goal of turning it into a documentary, that we hope will inspire others to adopt a similar system. Filming started during spring calving, and there’s a lot still to capture. It’s a big undertaking.

After we hit the crowdfunding goal for our book, we published the short video below that includes a thank you from David, and provides a taster of the footage gathered so far.

Read the Introduction

Click the link below to download a copy of the introductory chapter. Written by Wilma, the Introduction describes a pivotal moment in the development of today’s cow-with-calf dairy farming system, and it explains the reasons why ‘A Dairy Story’ has been written.

Thank You

It's difficult to put into words just how grateful we are for the support and encouragement of our customers, supporters and those who have visited our farm over the years.

Many people have helped us develop our current farming system, and many of those have done so with the hope that cow-with-calf dairy farming could become much more commonplace. We hope that too.

For that to happen will require a big shift in mindset in the industry, driven by a push from the public, encouragement from government, and an understanding of the wider benefits of agroecological farming. It will also require knowledge and experience to be shared. We hope that sharing as much as possible about what we know and have learned will help.

Our goal over the next year is to make sure that nothing about our farm transformation is left unsaid.

Wilma & David