Staverton Court Farm - The Newtons.
The Newton Family took on Staverton Court Farm in 1958 and is now run by third generation Rob Newton. It’s a short 8.5 mile drive from our Dairy in Tewkesbury, so the milk is really fresh when it arrives on site!
We met with Rob, his wife Nicky, his mother and lovely son Toby. Set upon 300 acres of land, there is a vast amount of space for their 120 cows to graze. The idyllic farm house sets off the most perfect setting to a wonderful summer’s day walk around their farm. Walking to the cows in the field, it was great to hear of the strong personality traits and natural hierarchy that has emerged within the cows over the years. Not only will the cows leave the field and enter the milking parlour in a similar order, but also the cows even have a preference of where they stand in the milking parlour! The most interesting fact of all came from Toby, their four year old son “the spotty cows are the best cows”.
It was great to see how they all worked together with Nicky (not from a farming background) eager to help as much as she can and Mrs Newton herding the cows. As they were one of our first farmers to sign up to the Free Range movement, it was great to hear their passion and what it means to them. With comments such as “It gives us and farmers like us the recognition that we are working with traditional methods and it is great to know that customers can now make a more informed decision about what milk they are buying".