Our Cows

Mary Mead

When we moved to Holt Farm back in 1961, we had just 35 cows. These British Friesians thrived on the Valley’s rich, green pastures and looking after them has been my life’s work ever since. I’m really proud of what a strong, healthy and, most importantly, happy herd they are.

Our Pedigree Herd

Some of the cows grazing in Autumn

Our Pedigree Herd

For more than 40 years, we’ve bred all our cows ourselves. They’re a real part of the family, with their own names and very detailed family trees.

Since day one, we’ve only ever had British Friesians because they’re really well-suited to the grazing we have on our farms. We’ve worked incredibly hard to build up our pedigree herd – and long may it continue!

Looking after our cows

Looking after our cows

It goes without saying that organic cows need organic food. They’re designed to eat grass, and we’re firm believers that free-ranging, pasture-fed cows produce the very best milk.

When it’s too wet or cold for them to be outside, we bring them into our warm, dry barns and feed them conserved grass, cereal crops  and hay – all organic and entirely produced on the farms. Once the spring comes, they all go back to the fields to graze on the fresh grass in the clover-rich fields.

The farm

The farm

And of course, there wouldn’t be cows without a farm… Two, in fact, because we have grown, so has our farm. There’s Holt Farm down in the Valley, where it all began, and Yoxter Farm up on the Mendip Hills.

We now have 1400 acres (1000 acres of grass and 400 of cereal crops) which we farm in a simple, rotational system. As well as dairy cows, we rear beef cattle and have a flock of 600 sheep – which ensures the meat in our Canteen at HQ is truly home-grown.

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Blog Feature - Meet Gabby

Meet Gabby, one of our Herd Managers…

Thursday 15th February 2018

Gabby has been working here for 3 years now, but always knew she wanted to work in farming...

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