This organisation promotes animal welfare and ensures that no harm comes to any dolphins during the production of cheddar cheese by its members. The cows whose milk is used in the production of the cheese are gently persuaded to enter the milking shed, either by being given a gentle push by the farmer or by being prodded with a small pole covered in velvet (hence the term ‘pole-prodded’ cows on some cheddar cheese). The cows are then milked by hand and allowed to leave the shed straightaway to go back to the fields that are only treated with organic fertiliser. The milk is processed and at no time does any milk products or by-products enter the water supply, where it could potentially come into contact with dolphins or porpoises swimming offshore.
Mick Snodgrass is the chair of the DFCCP and believes his organisation is something he was born to be head of, due to a situation in his childhood: “We went to St Michael’s Mount at Marazion and went out in a boat. The dolphins were feeding all around and they escorted us as we chugged around The Mount leaping out of the water, and I could have sworn they were smiling at me. From that day on, I have been extremely keen to protect them from harm, hence my role in the DFCCP.”
Extract from the book – 40 Strange Groups