Did you know cows have an excellent sense of smell, detecting smells from as far away as 5 miles.
Guernsey cows are known for their docile and friendly nature. Rather than trample you to death, they want to lick you to death! They don't produce as much milk as other breeds do but they make up for it in the creaminess of their milk, quality not quantity! Dairy breeds like Holsteins have a butterfat of 3.5% whilst our Guernseys are up at 5.5%- that's the secret to making the most delicious ice cream.
Happy cows produce more and better quality milk. A scientific study has shown that if you name a cow and treat her as an individual she will produce 500 pints more milk a year.
Their welfare is crucial to our business, and we do everything to make our girls happy!
We are one of the only herds of pedigree Guernseys in the UK with over 200 cows currently producing our lovely milk. Managing a pedigree herd takes skill, time and lots of effort and we have a dedicated team that specialises in the three stages of looking after the herd.
This Summer our Guernsey Girls 'Chloe' and 'Flo' have been super busy attending local shows across the region. The girls have been impeccably well turned out at every event, and are always on their very best behaviour. This season the girls have won a total of nine prizes, and four of them were in the top two places! A big well done to our Guernsey Girls, not forgetting our resident 'Cow Girl' Rosie Grant, for all her hard work and dedication to our girls.
Here's a few photos of the girls in action at the shows:
To produce milk a cow first needs to have a calf, before this they are called a Heifer. Our Guernsey cows produce roughly 22 litres of milk every day - for all their hard work they get a well-deserved two month rest holiday known as going "dry".
Once upon a time to get the milk everything had to be done by hand but now our girls are milked by Phill Carlisle and his team in the Parlour at Thornton Lodge. Our girls are milked twice a day and are all treated as individuals, often enjoying a one to one conversation whilst being milked.