Duchy College at Stoke Climsland, part of The Cornwall College Group, has been presented with the ‘Supreme Milk Quality’ award by Dairy Crest for the quality of its milk output, for the second year in a row.
The 270-strong Holstein Friesian herd based at Duchy College Home Farm received the Supreme Bonus in each month during the 2015/16 milk year. The award is for consistently producing top quality, farm assured milk.
Duchy College farm director, James Coumbe, said: “To be recognised with this award again is a great recognition of the expertise and hard work that goes into looking after a successful dairy herd. The dairy industry has been a challenging market of late and of course here at the College we have the added complication of making sure that the herd is available as an asset for students studying agriculture.”
The herd is milked through a 15/30 herringbone parlour and rotationally grazed between March and October. The milk goes to Dairy Crest’s largest cheesemaking creamery based at Davidstow to produce Cathedral City and Davidstow brands of cheddar.
Head of Rural Economy across The Cornwall College Group, Dr Phil Le Grice, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for our farm team and this is a clear demonstration of their commitment to ensuring Duchy College Home Farm is an example of best practice. We want out students to learn by example; they can then take these techniques back to their own farms, driving quality across the region.”