We are often asked why our organic dairy products taste so good. And the answer is always the same… We are passionate about our cows; we care about how we treat them and we feed them with top quality grass and silage. We care for the environment too by generating our own green electricity and we have set aside an area of the farm that’s a haven for wildlife in all its forms. We also operate a 12 mile hedge improvement plan and following an RSPB survey we know our farm provides habitat for over 80 species of bird. The result…. Farming that’s in harmony with the natural environment means you get top quality organic milk with the best possible taste. You’ll also find that we are just as passionate about the way we treat our customers!
The Tweddle family has been farming at Archdeacon Newton, near Darlington, since 1928 and today, four generations later, we are still heavily involved in dairy farming. You could say it’s in our blood! In 1998, as public awareness of the quality and traceability of the food we eat became more vocal, we decided to convert Garthorne Farm at Archdeacon Newton and Hallwith Farm near Leyburn in Wensleydale to organic status.
Organic’ doesn’t just mean being careful what we feed to our cows. It also means giving our cows the best possible conditions so they are happy in their surroundings. After all, happy cows mean healthy cows – and better quality milk! How do we keep them happy? It’s simple, really. Our policy is to try to prevent any problems in the first place. That means all the animals have more space in their housing during the winter and are allowed to graze outside naturally in Spring and Summer. All the young stock are raised on the farm and receive high levels of human care and attention. This has led to fewer health problems and if an animal does require treatment, homoeopathy is our first line of defence. Antibiotics are only used when necessary and if this is the case, the cow’s milk is withdrawn from public consumption for 3 times as long as non-organic milk. We feel our Dairy Shorthorn cross breed is well suited to producing milk from an organic rotation with large amounts of forage, whilst avoiding the intensification problems associated with the Friesian and Holstein breeds, which can lead to higher antibiotic reliance.
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