The farm is located in West Cornwall (16 miles from Lands End). Although in the middle of nowhere, the views are great! You can look out of the yard and you can see out at sea, or without walking very far you can see for miles.
We have 180 milking pedigree Holstein cows, on a conventional system (in the warm by winter then out at lush grass in summer) being in one of the most westerly parts of the UK we have amazing grass growing conditions here allowing the cows to happily graze away. The cows are milked twice a day and the milk we produce is used to make delicious clotted cream!
On the farm we don’t just milk cows! We continuously look to improve what we do and are a part of the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme trying to actively promote wildlife to thrive alongside the working farm. In addition to this we are to aiming to stay sustainable which is important to us, therefore we’ve installed a 50KVA solar unit which will generate all the electricity we need whilst milking.
It’s important to help people understand about our industry and how essential it is, so we take the opportunity to inform the public as to what goes on behind the farm gate to get food to their plates, from the nutritionist that the cows have to help with their healthy balanced diet, to how cows are milked and how much they produce.
I’m also a keen member of Helston & St. Keverne Young Farmers Club (YFC) and enjoy taking part in various competitions. I have been to the national finals where I was involved in both stock judging (dairy & beef) and public speaking.
Besides farming, I have a real passion for technology - any spare time I have is spent programming or surfing the net. Currently I’m working on projects that will interlink the public and farming interactively as well as looking to develop tools to help manage the day to day running of the herd.
The cows never leave you to have a real moment’s peace but I don’t mind, I suppose that’s what makes farming such an interesting career choice!