Growing demand for milk in Africa and China has led the producer of the Cravendale to almost double the number of British famers who are stakeholders in the business, it was announced today.

Consuming Issues: Do we want cheap milk or family farms?

Peter Wiles talks a good game. When explaining why Britain needs a mega-dairy with a herd 30 times larger than average, he says traditional dairy farmers are going out of business and imports rising; British milk is under threat.

The Word On... Small Craft on a Milk Sea, Brian Eno

"In part, these recordings are a return to the frosty ambient surface noise that has periodically enthralled Eno since his 1973 collaboration with Robert Fripp on ('No Pussyfooting'). But there's a broader range of material here, with the album turning from the great plumes of irascible noise... to the dewy plinks of piano."

Investment Column: Wiseman's milk won't go off even in recession

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The Business on: Robert Wiseman, Chairman, Robert Wiseman Dairies

The milkmen's milkman?

Album: Brian Eno, Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Warp)

Eno's first for Warp begins with some predictably ethereal Eno-esque chords informing us we are in yet another green world.

Chance of allergy 'depends on season of birth'

A child's chance of developing an allergy could depend on the season in which the youngster was conceived, experts said today.

Milk price war prompts Robert Wiseman profit alert

Robert Wiseman Dairies issued a profits warning yesterday, blaming "intense competitive pressures" for the £7m earnings shortfall the company is expecting in the second half of the year.

Album: Gabriel Crouch, Dialogues of Sorrow / Gallicantus (Signum)

Crouch's programme of madrigals, lute songs and motets explores the public outpouring of grief and bitterness at the death of Prince Henry in 1612.

China denies milk powder caused infant breasts

The Chinese health ministry said yesterday it has found no evidence that baby milk powder caused three infant girls to grow breasts. Parents and doctors in the central province of Hubei had said they were concerned that milk powder produced by Synutra International had caused at least three girls to develop prematurely.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (15 August 2010)

Thank you, Janet Street-Porter, for sticking the knife into Naomi Campbell over her disgusting and disrespectful behaviour in court the other day (Editor-at-Large, 8 August). Had any normal person behaved in such a manner they would probably have been held in contempt. I'm sure all those in Africa who have had their limbs hacked off found it rather "inconvenient" as well. May I suggest that she takes some of her vast fortune and buys some lessons in basic manners, which she seems to be devoid of. I hope other people put the boot in as well, so that she might feel some shame in her actions. No doubt she will hide behind her legal team and will carry on with "her life" unconcerned.

Tories move swiftly to avoid 'milk-snatcher' tag

Cameron the milk kleptomaniac, Dave the dairy cutter? Journalists would have struggled to devise a sobriquet as damaging as Thatcher the milk snatcher for the current Conservative leader, but David Cameron was taking no chances on acquiring a nickname yesterday when he strangled a plan by one of his ministers to abolish free milk for nursery children.

Leading article: Dangerous echoes of Thatcherism

It might be called the curious incident of the milk in the summertime. A Scottish newspaper, the Glasgow Sunday Herald, revealed – on the basis of a leaked letter from the Health minister – that the Government was planning to end free milk for children in nurseries, the argument being that in these straitened times the provision was poor value for money and outdated. But no sooner had David Willetts, the Universities Minister, justified keeping all options open, than officials in Downing Street denied it. The Prime Minister, they made known, did not like the idea of five-year-olds having their free milk scrapped.

Confusion as government rules out school milk cut

Coalition proposals for scrapping free school milk descended into confusion today after Downing Street insisted the cut would not go ahead.

Milk bags 'flying off the shelves' at Sainsbury's

Switching to bags could save 1.4 million kilograms of packaging each year

A Kind of Intimacy, By Jenn Ashworth

Annie is morbidly obsese, lonely and hopeful. When she moves into her new home, she brings little else but her cat, Mr Tips, and a collection of cow-shaped milk jugs.

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