Our goat herd is made up of purebred Anglo Nubian goats, with a few splashes of British Toggenburg. Anglo Nubians are known as 'the Jersey cow of the goat world' due to the high fat content of their milk, which makes it particularly creamy and prized by cheesemakers.
We started our herd with goats from some of the best herds in the country - Tyegronon Herd in Herefordshire, Monach Farm in East Anglia, and Hill Farm (who made the delicious Stawley cheese) in Somerset. We now have 130 goats in our herd - 80 adult milkers, 5 billies and the rest kids born this year or last year who will join the milking herd when they are older.
People often ask us whether the goats have names - yes, they all do! They have strong personalities and are great fun to get to know and work with.
The goats are fed on hay from the wildflower meadows at Earth Trust farm. Experts estimate that up to 30% of the flavour of a cheese comes from the animals' diet, and we're confident that you can taste the quality in the cheese.
While we've been building up our herd, we have supplemented our own supply with milk from another local herd of goats, which are kept just down the road from us near Steventon, though for most of 2019 we have been able to make enough cheese with our own milk, and are aiming to exclusively use our own milk from 2020.