Local Food

Somerset produces some of the best, most recognised dairy products in the country, just one of the reasons why building a career in Somerset’s Dairy sector is a good direction to go in.  Someone has to feed Britain…is that person you?

With so many local suppliers producing healthy, high quality products, it is about time we tell you about them.

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See our full list of Local Producers in Somerset

Have you thought about the food related career opportunities visit;

  • Tasty Careers – Everything you need to know about bagging a lip-smacking career in food and drink manufacturing.
  • Or go to our job roles page and sort by ‘Food’ .

Try a cheese making course or check out new Food Technology course or food technology foundation degree at Bridgwater College.

Eat local

Here are 8 great reasons to eat local Dairy produce!

  • Shop locally – fresher food with less handling.
  • Cut down food miles – minimise fuel emissions and the need for chemical treatments to extend food life.
  • Buy responsibly – high UK standards of health & safety are in place from ‘udder to fridge’ ensuring your meal is healthy and tasty.
  • Support your local economy – which provides jobs from field to shop and everything in-between.
  • Eat the view – Somerset’s beautiful view is provided by dairy farmers putting in hundreds of hours into conservation every year.
  • Family Businesses – spend your money locally; feed back into Somerset and support local traditions.
  • Animal welfare – feel happy knowing that the animal produced your food was raised following high UK welfare standards.
  • Yummy – Somerset produces some of the best, most recognised dairy products in the country.

Be healthy

Dairy plays an important part of your diet. To have a healthy well balanced diet, government guidelines suggest that a young person has 200 ml semi-skimmed milk a day, providing the equivalent of 835 mg of calcium.

You can get calcium through other foods to get your daily allowance, but you would have to eat;

  • 63 brussel sprouts or
  • 25 tablespoons  of red beans or
  • 24 tablespoons or spinch or
  • 5 tablespoons of sesame seeds.

Interesting seeing what calcium can do for you?

Visit: www.milk.co.uk and download some of their information guides on dairy produce.

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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.