Reminder

Don’t forget to cone along to our Open Farm Sunday a week today we are really pleased to be having Betteridges Brewery joining us with their locally brewed ale

Open Farm Sunday

Another date for your diaries we are doing Open Farm Sunday on 5th June from 2 to 5pm , we will be doing a walking farm tour, watch the cows being milked, watch/meet the calves serving cream teas, cakes, tea and coffee ,milkshakes strawberries (from St Mary Bourne PYO )and cream ,ice cream, there will be a static machinery display, health education area on Raw Milk, entry to the event is free but there will be a voluntary charity box for the Alex Lewis Trust. Booking is preferred but not essential please text 07796207538

Launch of luxury self-catering shepherd’s hut

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Beautiful, luxury, self-catering shepherd’s hut available for short breaks Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon/weekly.

With ensuite shower room, fully equipped mini kitchen, fridge, induction hob, oven/grill, underfloor heating, TV/DVD player, welcome food pack, and stunning views on our working dairy farm.

Why not book a spring break and enjoy Highclere castle, Bombay Sapphire distillery, Whitchurch Silk Mill, or walks around the lovely Hampshire countryside?

Family Run Dairy Farms the true facts of the future for our boys

File 05-02-2016, 12 07 04As a mother we all want the best for our children,but being married and coming from generations of farmers I am facing challenges that I could never have imagined. Our milk price is now at 21.8 p per litre having already declined by 12p per litre in the last 22 months .  We have now been informed that for April and May 40% of our milk we will be paid just14 p per litre bearing in mind that statistically it costs 28 p per litre to produce this is devastating news!!! particularly as our milk production peaks in April and May

I am writing this not out of self pity, but hopefully to increase your awareness and perhaps to spread the word of our Raw Milk as obviously the more we can sell direct to you the consumer the less we will have to sell to our wholesale buyer.

We have 2 sons who are 21 and 15 and a daughter who is 11, as all mothers I am so proud of all of them. Both of our boys are passionate and dedicated to ‘our girls’ The oldest works on the farm the majority of the time but does also do a little work elsewhere, our 15 year old although he is in his final year at school, works hours on the farm, getting up at 5.15 most mornings to care for his flock of  50 chickens, feed all of the calves before catching the train to school at 7.43, upon returning from school within 15 minutes he is out in the parlour starting the evening milking ,he normally doesn’t appear for supper until after 8 when he has made sure all is well with his calves who he looks after like little prince’s and princesses, I would sleep in their beds they are so clean!!!

So why am I writing all this ? the reality of this for the general public without the next generation of dairy farmers being able to farm sustainably is

THE MILK

Raw Milk with all the unique qualities it has will almost certainly disappear

THE COWS

Contented happy cows, who live the best life we can and believe is right for them will be totally replaced by ‘factory farmed’ stressed cows forced to produce more and more milk.

THE COUNTRYSIDE

Sights such as the above will be a thing of the past and the whole countryside loses its diversity

I essence my message is support us by buying our milk

Thank you for taking the time to read this

 

 

 

Upcoming events


We are going to be at Overton market in St Mary’s Hall on Saturday 5th December to sell our milk and cream. If you would like to pre-order milk to collect that day please let us know on 07796207538.

We will also be at Parsonage Farm Christmas Market (Upton, SP11 0JP) with our milk and cream, as well as serving children’s milkshakes and hot chocolates. There will also be a children’s competition with a prize.