Hydaways Inspiration Pamela Ex 95
The cow pictured was probably our most famous cow, Hydaways Inspiration Pamela. She, along with her dam, were awarded Ex95 points in the Holstein UK Classification system – meaning she was as near to being perfect as she could have been. She was a beautiful animal with a lovely nature and many of her offspring are still in the herd today as a constant reminder of her.
We like to show off our lovely animals and have had various successes at both local and national shows over the years. In October 2017 we had four calves qualify for the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show and two were placed in the top ten which we were very pleased with as the standard is incredibly high.
We are Farm Assured which means that we have regular inspections in which we have to meet strict criteria in animal welfare and hygiene standards. Our milk is also tested regularly by both the Food Standards Agency and by the milk processors that we are contracted to produce milk for.
Three generations of the Hill family. Tom, Steve and Peter
In 2009 we made a huge investment and installed two robotic milking systems to milk the 130 cows in the herd. This enables the cows to choose when they want to be milked and means that they are very relaxed and comfortable. On average the cows are milked 2.8 times a day. They are housed all year round but have plenty of space and are free range. They always have access to feed in the trough, including fresh grass which is cut daily.
Sadly, over the past few years, supermarkets have devalued our nutritious milk and have sold it at a throwaway price meaning that milk is cheaper than bottled water! This has made us rethink our future and we took steps to sell fresh unpasteurised milk direct to the public via an Honesty Box system from the Farmhouse in November 2015.
We hope that you will support us in this venture and enable us to have a sustainable future in dairy farming.