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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 Farms is one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, producing over 13,000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning recipe.
  • Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain.
  • The Wyke Farms brand is the 4th largest brand in the Cheddar category and the only independent company in the top 10 cheese brands with retail sales of over £60 million.
  • 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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05 Nov 2012

Wyke Farms Scholarship Fund to Foster Local Dairy Industry Talent – Winners Announced

2012 West Country Dairy Award Winners Announced


Somerset, UK – 5th November 2012 – The Dairy Crest / NFU West Country Dairy Award has been won by George Winstone, from Baltonsborough in Somerset.  George was one of five finalists – including Lily Hiscock, winner of the ‘Wyke Farms Award’.  The finalists were chosen from 30 applicants from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset and will receive cash awards to continue their studies and careers in the dairy industry.  The annual awards are open to students from the four counties who are studying agriculture and related subjects, and all qualifying applicants received at least £250.


This is the ninth year in a row that Wyke Farms has contributed to the Dairy Crest / NFU Scholorship Fund responsible for The West Country Dairy Awards.  The 2012 ‘Wyke Farms’ Award of £1000 was won by Lily Hiscock, from Dorchester, Dorset who is in her final year at Reading University, studying for a degree in agricultural business management.


“Lily has a bright future and her talent will contribute to ensuring that British Dairying with be competing on a world level over the coming years,” said Rich Clothier, third generation family member and managing director, Wyke Farms.


The scholarship fund was set up in 1925 by United Dairies, the forerunner of Unigate – now Dairy Crest.  Wyke Farms, NFU, Milklink 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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