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The organic sector in the UK has long lagged behind its European counterparts and, with our departure from the EU looming, it might well be an opportunity to increase our share of the organic market and ensure we do not fall further behind Europe.

A 2017-report by OMSCO (Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative) states that the UK organic market has grown for consecutive years. OMSCO also...

H J Lea Oakes has been at the forefront of feeding organic livestock for many years. Whereas some ‘organic’ feed manufactures simply view the sector as an add-on, for us it is an integral part of our business.

For more than ten years, we have operated a dedicated organic mill, producing high quality, nutritionally balanced feed. Originally, Congleton was our specialist mill and a...

Join us for our 'Summer Grazing for Organic Farmers Meeting & Organic Mill Tour' on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

Whitchurch Rugby Club (SY13 1EU) for 11am.

Malpas Mill (SY14 8JQ).

Lunch will be provided at the Rugby Club.

Please RSVP to Anwen Gardner on 07794 819853.

Article published by Holstein UK The Journal March 2018.

Farm Facts

Acreage: farming 200 (100 rented)

Soil type: medium loam

Parlour: 10x20 swing-over

Cheese contract: Belton Cheese

Ration: TMR and top up in the parlour


Herd Facts

Herd size: 130 plus followers

Milk yield: 9,000kg, 4.46% fat, 3.35% protein

SCC: 86

Calving interval: 390...

Alfie the Cockapoo is a pampered pooch after his adorable looks collared him the title, South Cheshire Pet of the Year.

The playful two year-old, owned by Adam Clayton and Laura Maher from Sandbach, was top dog in the picture contest we staged in with the Chronicle newspaper series.

Adam, 25, who works in the paint shop at Bentley, and Laura, 24, a claims handler at Kindertons...

Richard Harris runs a mixed farm in Alkmonton near Ashbourne. 

They milk 150 Pedigree Ayrshires running alongside a Pedigree suckler herd of Limousins consisting of 30 cows with followers, 300 ewes and 200 acres of arable. 

Top quality bulls from the Saltbrook herd of Limousins are sold as stock bulls and in order to get them into prime condition, they are fed a coarse mix from HJ...

on Sep 12, 2017 .

According to Trouw Nutrition the analysed results of the 2017 1st and 2nd cut grass silage indicate that this season’s grass silage is good quality with a greater nutrient value compared to 2016. This has been improved with cutting sooner along with slower grass growth in early May. This can be seen in figure 1 and 2. When comparing dry matter, results for 1st cut is almost 2% greater and...

on Sep 08, 2017 .

Over the past ten years we have worked closely with Harper Adams University’s Placement Scheme.

We have spent the last 12 months with Catherine Johnson, who is studying Bio-Veterinary Science and lives in Eccleshall. Catherine is spending the rest of her summer in Argentina on a Young Farmers trip and is returning to Harper Adams to complete her final year at the end of the month, we...