About Byre and R.A.B.I

About Byre and the R.A.B.I

Byre Bodycare are pleased to commit a percentage of annual net sales to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution to help support farming people facing adversity.

R.A.B.I is a registered charity operating across England and Wales providing financial support, guidance and practical care to those in need within the farming community: farmers, farm workers and their dependants, of all ages.


Byre is encouraging dairy farmers to diversify

Part of the inspiration behind Byre was the plight of the smaller tenant dairy farmer, as well as wanting to use-up products traditionally regarded as waste such as whey.

Back in 2016 the BBC revealed the plight of the smaller dairy farmer. And in 2019 it is reported that profits for dairy farmers have halved. Therefore if we start using products like whey, we can give Dairy farmers a better chance of survival.

Byre is just a small cog in encouraging dairy farmers to be more resourceful and entrepreneurial.

The BBC said that nearly one in ten dairy farms across England and Wales had closed in the 2013–2016 period.* 1,002 have closed since June 2013, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), and they are continuing to decline.

North Yorkshire lost the highest total of any county, while Berkshire saw the greatest rate of decline with a third of farms closing

The AHDB also said it was concerned by the milk price paid to farmers and this is borne out by another recent report by Old Mill.**

Yorkshire dairy farmer Jeremy Holmes told the BBC that traditional dairy farming was “in a mess” with “far too much milk on the market”. He said he had survived by buying a vending machine to sell raw milk on his farm at Denby Dale near Huddersfield at £1 per litre – about three times the price paid by supermarkets.

Mr Holmes added “You are connecting with the consumer directly and it's literally the freshest milk from the cows.”

Farmer-owned dairy Arla has teamed up with Asda and is launching a £1.50 four-pint carton of milk, where 25p will go back to the dairy co-operative.

David Christensen, whose Oxfordshire farm produces five million litres of milk for Arla a year, said: “It has been really tough over the last two years, supply and demand have really been out of balance.

“We have found that 60% of consumers are willing to pay more for their dairy products if they know that money will go directly back to the farmers.”

As the number of dairy producers continues to fall*** Byre Bodycare is now adding a small contribution by purchasing whey, that otherwise would have been regarded as a waste by-product, and using it in our new Body Washes.

* BBC News / ** Farming UK / *** AHDB