SWFC’s Tom Tolputt recently started working with dairy farmers Dave Paull and Rosie Sage who sell dairy products under the popular Hurdlebrook label
Dave Paull and Rosie Sage are the third generation to farm the land of Olive and Overton Farm in Babcary, Somerset after Dave’s grandfather purchased the original farm in the early 1960s. The family now manage around 180 Guernsey cows plus followers on 270 acres on a robotic milking system (three Lely Astronaut A4s). The cows are grazed on an ABC system from March to November, enabling them to keep the cows at grass 24 hours a day.
They currently sell about 75% of their milk directly to local cheesemakers. The rest is processed on-site and marketed under the family’s Hurdlebrook brand, with bottled raw A2 Guernsey milk and cream, as well as a range of hand-made yoghurts, crème fraiche and sour cream. Hurdlebrook products are sold online, at farmers’ markets and to a growing number of retail outlets.
Thinking of going organic?
Concern for the environment and the need to protect future generations underpins the day-to-day management decisions and the future direction of the farm. As the cattle are already managed on a very low input/output basis, Dave and Rosie have been considering converting the business to organic for some time to help further enhance the Hurdlebrook brand.
After approaching several consultancies to discuss their objectives, Dave and Rosie instructed Tom Tolputt and the SWFC team to help with their Organic Conversion Planning, as well as to develop a primarily British-sourced concentrate feed to further improve farm sustainability and resilience.
After approaching several consultancies to discuss their objectives, Dave and Rosie instructed the SWFC team to help with their Organic Conversion Planning.
With ever-increasing public scrutiny of farming practices, Dave and Rosie have also asked SWFC to undertake a Farm Carbon Audit, which will establish the farm’s carbon footprint and identify ways they can improve soil carbon sequestration and adapt their management practices to create a more resilient farming system for the future.
Can we help?
SWFC’s aim is to have an ongoing relationship with farmers like Dave and Rosie so we know the farm, the livestock and the field management. If you’re considering organic conversion or you’d like to know your farm’s carbon footprint, why not give us a call? With many years of practical organic farming experience and a commitment to sustainable and regenerative farming systems, we’re the right choice. Get in touch for a no-obligation chat on 01503 220002 or send us a message on our Contact Page.