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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.

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  • Wyke remains a truly traditional family business. Ivy’s grandsons Richard and Tom now run the cheese making operations with their father John, whilst her other two Grandsons David and Roger run the family dairy farming operations. The four grandchildren share Ivy’s passion for cheese making where flavour, texture and taste are paramount. They believe that this attention to detail is the reason that their cheese has won more awards at national cheese shows than any other.

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21 Oct 2010

Wyke Farms Contributes to Scholarship Fund to Encourage New Dairy Industry Talent

2010 West Country Dairy Award Winners Announced

Somerset – October 21st 2010 – The West Country’s 2010 ‘Scholar of the Year’ has been announced as James Gay, from West Harptree, Bristol.  And the winner of the ‘Wyke Farms Award’ is Jack Munday from Town Barton, Sandford, Crediton, Devon.  Twenty-year old Jack is studying for a degree in Agricultural Business Management at the University of Reading and is actively involved with the family farm.  He will receive a cash payment to help him start his career in the Dairy Industry. The finalists were selected from 30 applicants in the four counties.

This is the seventh year in a row that Wyke Farms has contributed to the Dairy Crest/NFU Scholarship Fund responsible for The West Country Dairy Awards.

The West Country Dairy Awards is both exciting and hopeful as the calibre of entries improves each year,” said Richard Clothier, third generation family member & Managing Director, Wyke Farms. The industry needs fresh talent and we are delighted to help identify and nurture it.”

Jack is planning to use the award to fund a trip to Southern Ireland where he hopes to further expand his knowledge of grazing systems and tight calving blocks.  He is especially interested in cross breeding, practiced in Ireland for many years. Jack believes the dairy industry will be focusing more on cross breeding in the next ten years and he wants to study the associated health traits that occur.

The scholarship fund was set up in 1925 by United Dairies, the forerunner of Unigate – now Dairy Crest.  Wyke Farms and ABN Agri also add to the fund to encourage youngsters in the dairy industry so that the UK can have the efficient and competitive dairy sector that it deserves.

An executive committee manages the Trust, with three Trustees and an advisory committee. It is run jointly with the NFU and awards grants to children of farmers and farm employees who are over 16 years old, living in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, and studying a dairy related topic.  Applicants are assessed by interview and finalists are selected to be considered for the top awards.

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