Pentrefelin, a small family farm in Llandyrnog, Vale of Clwyd, is a cow and calf micro-dairy that milks a handful of heritage breed Red Poll cows - a dual-purpose breed that thrives on a lower input system, are happy being out all year round and give a good quantity of milk.
Selling Llaethdy Pentrefelin Dairy milk at the farm gate has revolutionised the business. The cows’ names are even on the bottles, meaning that traceability and no food miles are an obvious selling point.
SUPPORT RECEIVED FROM THE FOOD TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
With funding from Project HELIX, the Food Technology Centre was able to offer support and advice on Llaethdy Pentrefelin Dairy’s production.
Assigned with their own food technologist, the centre set to work and helped with Llaethdy Pentrefelin Dairy’s HACCP and production paperwork. Samples of the dairy’s milk were also tested for microbiological analysis and phosphatase testing.
BENEFIT OF THE SUPPORT
Huw Foulkes of Llaethdy Pentrefelin Dairy said, “We are a cow and calf micro-dairy based in North Wales, milking 100% pasture-fed pedigree Red Poll cows once a day. Taking a regenerative approach to dairy farming, we prioritise animal welfare and have a positive effect on the environment over milk yield and profits.
“The Food Technology Centre understood our needs and helped with our production paperwork and undertook all the necessary microbiological testing to be able to sell our milk straight to the public at the farm gate. The help has been invaluable and I would recommend their services to other farms looking to selling their own milk directly to customers.”