Frequently Asked Questions
Daioni Organic is an award-winning organic dairy brand, a family owned business based out of Ffosyficer farm in the picturesque West Welsh countryside in Pembrokeshire, in the United Kingdom.
The business was founded by Laurence Harris, who has been a dairy farmer for over 40 years. Laurence took over his parents’ 150-acre farm in 1970 and expanded it to over 3,000 acres of fertile pasture. In 1999, the farm was converted to organic production. Since then, Laurence and his team have continued to add value to their premium quality dairy produce culminating in the launch of the Daioni Organic brand.
Yes, Daioni Organic is a family business. It was founded by Laurence Harris and his two sons are now involved in the business. In the UK, Laurence’s eldest son Tom manages the day-to- day operations on Ffosyficer farm. Ben, his younger son is spearheading the Asia business.
Daioni products are all made from organic milk produced by our own farms and other British farms registered with the UK Soil Association – to ensure a steady supply of quality organic milk. The Soil Association is one of the largest organic certification bodies in the United Kingdom and is regulated by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
We have partnered with the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo) – an organic farmer-owned and farmer-run cooperative based in the United Kingdom – with farms in the South West of England and Wales - to secure a steady supply of quality organic milk. All farms part of OMSCo are registered with The Soil Association. All farms that supply milk to Daioni Organic will be subjected to
detailed audits by the Soil Association to ensure they comply with strict regulations.
The Soil Association is one of the largest organic certification bodies in the United Kingdom and is regulated by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The Soil Association’s organic standards are the world’s first published organic standards and far exceed the minimum requirements set by EU law. No system of farming has higher levels of animal welfare than organic farms working to the Soil Associations standards. The Soil Association carries out detailed annual
audits of all farm registered with it to ensure stringent compliance with its organic standards.
Daioni Organic milk is free from preservatives and artificial flavourings, therefore suitable for all toddlers and children. Under medical advice, we suggest our plain organic whole milk for all babies/toddlers; semi-skimmed and other flavoured organic milk for toddlers over 1 year old.
No, Daioni Organic produce only organic dairy; this means we do not inject our cows with any hormones and wouldn’t be allowed to under organic legislation. Average yields in organic milk production are around a third less than in intensive production, which is much better for the welfare of our cows.
No, under organic standards GM ingredients are strictly prohibited. Organic cows have 100% organic diet which is mainly grass-based and free of artificial chemicals and fertilisers.
Yes! Unlike many other farming systems, organic cows like ours spend much of their lives outdoors where they can graze naturally on a diet of grass. Keeping cows indoors all their lives is banned under organic standards. When they do come indoors it is because of bad weather and with their welfare in mind, and when inside all cows must be housed in well-bedded spacious yards with plenty of room to display natural behaviours. Under organic standards cows must be at pasture whenever weather conditions allow.
We do not routinely inject our cows with antibiotics as is sometimes the practice in intensive farming. Routine antibiotic injection is banned under organic standards and the only time antibiotics are used are if a cow becomes ill or has an injury that cannot be effectively treated with natural medicine. In that instance, the cow being treated would be separated from the herd to undergo treatment and milked separately until she has recovered and all traces of antibiotics have left her system and she can re-join the herd.
Organic Dairy cows such as our must eat a 100% organic diet- our cows have a grass-rich, GM free diet.
Over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming. Organic farming standards don't allow any synthetic pesticides and absolutely no herbicides such as Glyphosate.
Organic farmers are permitted to use just 15 pesticides, derived from natural ingredients including citronella and clove oil, but only under very restricted circumstances. Even permitted pesticides are seldom used on dairy pasture, except under very exceptional circumstances. Research suggests that if all UK farming was organic, pesticide use would drop by 98%! This means that organic farms are a haven for wildlife such as bees and birds!
Yes! So, you can enjoy our Strawberry, chocolate and banana flavoured milk even if you are celiac or gluten intolerant. Our Fresh milk and cream, and long-life milk are also gluten free.
No! We make our flavoured milk as healthy as possible- no artificial colours or preservatives and only naturally derived flavours. They are also low sugar and fat and schools approved.
Our milk drinks were designed to be a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and have been schools approved in the UK. This means that we make our flavoured milk as healthy as possible- no artificial colours or preservatives, only naturally derived flavours, low fat (made with semi-skimmed organic milk) and less than 5% sugar. Even better, of the sugar present less than half is added organic cane sugar and the rest is natural sugar already present in milk!
Long life milk is milk that has been Ultra Heat Treated (Heated to a high temperature very quickly and then cooled very fast) to destroy the bacteria which causes degradation and bottled immediately (aseptically packaged) so that it doesn’t come into contact with any contaminants. This extends the shelf life without the use of preservatives until the bottle is opened at which point it must be treated as fresh milk, refrigerated and used within three days.
Our Long -life milk has been Ultra Heat Treated. This extends the shelf life without the use of preservatives until the bottle is opened at which point it must be treated as fresh milk, refrigerated and used within three days.
Organic milk comes from cows that are free range and grass fed. Their diet is free of artificial additives and GM ingredients, the pastures they graze are free of pesticides and artificial fertilisers and they are not injected with hormones to stimulate milk production or routine antibiotics, this means that the milk the produce is clean, natural and chemical/hormone free which in turn improves it taste and texture. Organic milk is also higher in vitamins and nutrients such as calcium and omega 3 fatty acids, than conventional milk.
Organic milk production standards are also better for the welfare of cows than conventional standards. Cows must be allowed to graze free range and be free to display natural behaviour and they are not encouraged to overproduce milk. Average yields in organic milk production are around a third less than in intensive production.
For more information on organic standards follow the link below to the Soil Association website: