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We only use the very best, locally sourced, ingredients. Our milk comes from a dedicated group of local dairy farmers who pride themselves on the quality of their grass-fed milk, along with the health and welfare of their cows.
We are passionate about making great-tasting Great British cheese and have won many awards and commendations of which we are very proud.
Origin: This breed was brought to America around 1800 from the county of Ayr in Scotland.
Characteristics: Known as the “aristocrat” of dairy breeds because of their size and vigour. They are rusty-red and white in colour and adapt easily to their environment.
Interesting Fact: Because of their adaptability, Ayrshires are found in most parts of the world, including Southern Africa.
Origin: The Alps of Switzerland.
Characteristics: The Brown Swiss is considered the oldest of the dairy breeds. Brown Swiss can vary in colour, from silver to dark brown, and are large with large ears. Their milk is ideal for making cheese because of its high protein-to-fat ratio.
Interesting Fact: In Switzerland, Brown Swiss are taken to high mountain meadows in the summer. They wear large cow bells so farmers can find them in the fog!
Origins: Severn Valley and Gloucester
Characteristics: The Old Gloucester or Gloucester is one of the oldest breeds originating as early as the 13th century. It is a traditional British breed of cattle It was originally a triple-purpose breed, reared for milk, for beef and for draught use; it is now a dual-purpose animal.
Origin: The Isle of Jersey in the English Channel.
Characteristics: The Jersey is the smallest of the dairy breeds and her colour ranges from light to dark brown. The most heat-tolerant of dairy breeds, she produces milk with a very high butterfat content (perfect for ice cream).
Red & White
Origin: The Netherlands.
Characteristics: Knowing that Red and White dairy cattle generally carry strong Holstein genetics, their origin and history are that of their black and white relatives, except their spots are red.
cattle, but they may also have genetics from other cattle that have reddish coats, such as Milking Shorthorns or Ayrshire.
How many stomachs does a dairy cow have?
Cows need multiple stomachs to break down grasses and roughage. The cow has 4 stomachs to digest these grasses properly. These stomachs include the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum. This unique digestive system makes cows the ultimate recycler. They have the ability to convert plants that humans cannot eat into nutritious foods like milk.
What do cows eat?
In the winter months when a milk producing cow is indoors it eats about 100 pounds each day of feed, which is a combination of hay, grain, silage, and proteins (such as soybean meal), plus vitamins and minerals. Cows are the ultimate upcyclers and can eat things humans can’t. Farmers sometimes employ professional animal nutritionists to develop scientifically formulated, balanced and nutritious diets for their cows. Cows also need fresh, clean water.
How many hours do cows sleep during the day?
Cows rest about 12-14 hours per day.
How long do dairy cows live?
Dairy cows can live up to 20 years.
How much milk does a cow give each day?
Most dairy cows are milked two times per day. On average, a cow will produce six to seven gallons of milk each day.
Do dairy farmers care about their animals?
Yes! Dairy farmers are dedicated to producing high-quality milk, and that begins with taking good care of their cows. Dairy farmers work closely with veterinarians and professional animal nutritionists to keep their cows healthy and well-nourished. Nutritious diets, healthy living conditions and good veterinary care are all essential when it comes to producing safe, wholesome, nutritious milk.