Wyke Farms Ltd is a family run company based in the heart of the Somerset cheddar-making region. The art of traditional cheese making will never be lost on the Somerset farm where the Clothier family have been making cheddar in Somerset since 1861.Today, Wyke Farms is one of the largest independent cheese makers and milk processors in the UK producing over 13000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning 150-year-old recipe.
Somerset based Wyke Farms offer positive news to local farmers under pressure
Somerset, UK 19th 2012: – Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, have today announced a milk price increase of 0.75ppl to be added to their milk price, effective from 1st November 2012.
The increase from Wyke Farms is in addition to the 0.5ppl increase in October meaning an overall Autumn rise of 1.25ppl. This maintains Wyke Farms’ position near the top of the league table and will be the highest milk price paid for cheese. The company is committed to helping their suppliers and will continue to review prices every month.
The continued support for farmers from Wyke Farms is in response to the challenging environment created by extreme weather over the summer months. The company, whose farming side of the business has also suffered from the effects of the extraordinary weather, has shared concerns with local farmers regarding the quality and yield of crops. The farming team at Wyke Farms is also working through these challenges on their own farms and they are asking their cheese customers to recognize the importance of the supplement.
Richard Clothier, third generation family member & Managing Director, Wyke Farms said, “Managing the winter months will be challenging with variable silage quality and increasing costs of alternative feeds. Milk production will undoubtedly suffer so we are determined to support our supplying farmers in every way we can.” He continues: “If our industry doesn’t recognize this threat and work together to increase farm prices then milk will be even shorter next year. There are farmers that still do not have feed cover for the back end of winter and if we get a late spring next year our industry could be in crisis”.
Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become the largest family-owned cheese maker in Britain selling over 14,000 tonnes annually. The company have achieved substantial growth year on year by staying true to the traditional values behind the brand and have become the fastest growing cheddar brand at a rate of 10% every year for the past five years.
Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience. Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.