OUR FARMERS

Our Farmers are fundamental to our success and we are very grateful to our partnerships with our dairy farmers.  

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Tom Appleby Applevale Ltd

 

Our Organic milk and cream has a distinctive creamy taste with hints of grassy notes. It is sourced from 3 local farms that are all located within 15 miles from the Dairy. Tom Appleby, runs his Organic herd at Bretforton House Farm, near Evesham with his wife Nicola and Father, James and have been supplying Cotteswold for 11 years.

 

Tom is a passionate dedicated farmer and happily shares the history of his business and how they operate differently from conventional dairy farms.

 

Please click here to read more about Tom Appleby and his farm



 

 

 

 

Jack Griffiths

 

Jack Griffiths won the Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards’ Young Farmer of the Year category, sponsored by the Royal Agricultural University in 2016. He works on his family farm and has introduced Jersey Cows to the family farm.

 

Please click here to read more about Jack and his family farm.



 

 

 

 

Hobbs Farm

 

 

 

It was a beautiful still Spring morning and overhead a chorus of birds could be heard alongside the cows as they waited in anticipation to be turned out to grass for the summer months ahead.  Jerry Hobbs explained that the cows know when the time comes to go out in the fields because they can smell the sweet grass and realise that it’s time to be free out in the fields.  ‘Turnout day’ for the Hobbs family is a real family affair with many friends and relations joining in with Jenni delighting her guests with an array of a delicious home cooked lunch afterwards. The farm is a pleasure to visit and highlights the great British countryside at its finest.  Situated along a quiet lane, the farm is beautifully maintained and picture perfect.  The new calves are playing in the barn and the paddocks are ready for the rotation of cows as they go out to graze.  The herd is a mix of Brown Swiss, Holsteins, Fleckvieh, Norwegian Red.  The Hobbs family have been trying to build strength and longevity in to the herd over the last 12 years and have been thrilled with their choice of breeds to ensure they have healthy cows going forward.

 

Like so many farming families, Jerry and Jenni Hobbs are passionate about what they do and want to add value to the milk they produce.  They use their initiative not only in the way they breed their 200 cows but they have recently become one of the first farms to join the Free Range Dairy Network.  As members of the Free Range Dairy Network, they now supply Free Range Milk to Cotteswold Dairy in Tewkesbury, which is marketed under the Pasture Promise TM label.  This has enabled small, independent dairy companies the chance to offer their customers a more informed milk choice.   Farmers supplying milk under the Pasture Promise label are required to comply with clear standards, with the assurance that cows graze in fields for a minimum of 6 months of the year.   It helps safeguard the future of traditional British dairy farms who have long established farming methods and in return they are rewarded with a premium by the milk buyer.  Not all milk is the same and consumers are increasingly keen to know where their food comes from.

 

The Hobbs family are demonstrating the importance of smaller dairy herds and are actively seeking ways that are sustainable in the ways that they are rearing their cows and the way they farm them.  If you want to know more information about the farm then please email us:

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Pugh Farm

 

It was a beautiful Summer’s afternoon when Stef, Anna and Roseanne from Cotteswold Dairy were greeted into the home of  along with their daughter Sarah and staff member Josh who works full time on the farm.

 

Calvin tells us the story:

 

In 1943 my grandparents bought Kempley Court. When my father married in 1957, he was given 15 milking cows as a wedding present which he took to the 40 acre Gravel Farm, Bodenham which is where I grew up. 

 

The farms remains an integral part of our family life as it passed on through three generations of our family.  Firstly to my father and then onto my brother and I. 

 

My Wife Rachele and I have farmed at Kempley Court since 1994 and our daughters, Helen and Sarah, both play an active role.  Sarah in particular works full time on the farm after gaining a ND in Agriculture.  Helen works for an accountancy firm during the week and helps out at the weekend, her accountancy skills will no doubt prove a valuable asset in the future.

 

Initially our dream was to have 100 cows but we have seen the herd grow and grow and we peaked at 250 cows. We have continued to invest in the farm and amongst many of our projects we have renovated the farmhouse and built sheds and other storage facilities. 

 

Currently we have 220 cows and the family along with our valuable staff members, Josh and Pete, milk the herd all year round.  We work hard to maintain the right environment for our cows and we are fortunate to breed most of our own replacements.

 

We are an integral part of the community and have an excellent relationship with a neighbour where we swap his straw for our muck, a great example of old fashioned trading!!

 

We are proud to work in partnership with Cotteswold Dairy.

 

 


 

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