Dairy to fund school trips to farms in Shropshire

Posted: 12/06/2009

Müller Dairy has today unveiled a new initiative for schools to visit working farms with all their costs covered.

The UK's leading yogurt maker is funding coaches for up to 50 classes to experience life on one of seven farms which supplies the Market Drayton dairy with milk.
Müller has already invested in specialist training for the farmers who are taking part, to ensure they are equipped to provide safe and fascinating visits for youngsters.
Schools across Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire are now being invited to apply for the visits, on a first-come-first-served basis, with around 40 slots still available.
Müller has been working with Think Food and Farming, the legacy project of last year's Year of Food and Farming initiative, and is keen for youngsters to see at first hand how the milk for the products they eat and drink is produced.
The Market Drayton dairy uses 700,000 litres of milk every day of the year, 90 per cent of which comes from farms within 30 miles of the site.
Recent studies have shown that children need to experience more out of classroom activity to make a real connection with the countryside. In a report compiled by the Co-operative, it was revealed that the benefits of farm visits were extensive and in some cases had a positive change in the behaviour of students once back in the classroom.
Müller arranged and paid for expert training for the farmers who were keen to take part in the initiative and specialist teaching packs have also been prepared to assist teachers in following-up the experience as part of the National Curriculum.
Müller UK chief executive, Stewart Gilliland, explained: "Working with Think Food and Farming, we realised that the biggest hurdle schools face with getting children out to farms is the coach fees. We have decided to trial this programme and ensure that there is no financial burden on schools. So the coach is on us!
"Re-connecting youngsters with how food is produced is vitally important and a farm visit is an excellent learning opportunity. We hope many schools will take up this offer."
Schools wishing to take up the offer should contact The Staging House on 01403 710329 as soon as possible to secure their place.


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Farmer John Furnival hosted the first Müller-funded school visit on his land at Manor Farm, Madeley, near Crewe. He is pictured here with Müller's Maryann Denfhy and (left to right) Iona Young, Dulcie Reeves, Bethan Richardson and Thomas Franks, all aged five, of The Meadows Primary School, Madeley Heath.


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Brian Hainsworth, of Think Food and Farming, helped youngsters from The Meadows Primary School, Madeley Heath, get close to the animals at Manor Farm, Madeley.