Dairy Farmers – We Need You!

Pensworth is a local family run dairy business based in Southampton. We are now actively looking to work with local dairy farms who will be able to supply us with up to 66m litres per year of top quality milk.

Pensworth is a well established business and has grown continually over the years and we now want to work closer with local suppliers. So if you are a dairy farmer in the South and would like to look at working with another local business then we would be pleased to talk with you.

Please contact Brian Leggat on 07721 718 174 or brian.leggat@pensworth.co.uk.

M & P Ellis Dairy Farmers

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M & P Ellis Dairy Farmers based in Petersfield, Hampshire started supplying milk to Pensworth in October 2014. Paula Ellis returned to the family farming partnership 3 years ago following a successful career in IT, providing online backup and disaster recovery solutions to businesses.

Brian Leggat of Pensworth has been working with Paula and an independent consultant to improve milk production as we begin to develop a long term relationship between the farm and ourselves.

mp-ellis-dairy-farmers-photoThe family owned business is undertaking a major investment this year by converting old straw yards into cubicle housing for their 200 cows. The herd is milked through a 30/30 herringbone parlour with Silclear liners. During the Summer the cows are paddock grazed, the grass is measured weekly with a plate meter to ensure efficient usage and re-growth. 90 followers are reared in-house on Volac auto feeder and fed with heifer lac milk replacer.

With an average production of 6,200 litres per cow a total of some 1.2 million litres of this quality milk are processed through out factory each year.

Becci Berry

Brimstone Farm in Coleshill

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Becci Berry started supplying Pensworth in April 2015. She farms a total of 365 hectares in a family partnership, at Brimstone Farm, Coleshill near Swindon in Wiltshire. Alongside the arable enterprise she runs a 180 cow dairy herd. The main holding farm is National Trust owned and has been run by the Berry family since the 1950’s. The herd calves all year round, and breeds all their own replacements to minimise the threat of disease from cows being bought in. Over the past 10 years the cows have been cross bred with Scandinavian Reds; Montbeliarde and Brown Swiss Bulls to help improve the health and fertility of the herd.  The herd currently averages 8,800 litres per cow per lactation and Becci pays close attention to the nutrition of the cows to ensure that the milk constituents are top quality.

“It is essential that our cows are fed well and kept healthy not only for our milk production but also for the longevity of the herd.” Comments Becci. “We are a traditional unit in that our cows graze during the warmer summer months and are housed during the winter. For a farmer this presents huge challenges in maintaining a balanced diet for the cow. Whilst out at grass this can fluctuate daily depending on rainfall and sunlight hours so it is essential we monitor and adapt the diet accordingly. Over the past few years we have invested in various pieces of technology that can help us monitor the cows. We have special LED lighting in the buildings and the cows are all fitted with Fullwood pedometers that are linked to the parlour and our computer system and help us monitor their activity and milk production in fine detail. Attention to detail is key and at Brimstone we pride ourselves on treating each cow as an individual. We try to manage the farm as sustainably as possible and are fortunate to have a rich and diverse landscape thanks to the mixed farming approach. I often run visits for local school children and it is so rewarding seeing them come and enjoy the farm and the cows. Helping the next generation understand how important our farms are for creating the countryside we live in is key. A farm is such a natural environment for learning and I thoroughly enjoy the distraction of the visits, plus it helps boosts sales as children are far keener to drink milk and eat dairy products when they have seen how and where it comes from.”