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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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19 Oct 2017

Farmers all ‘muck in’ and raise over £2k for local charity ‘Willberry Wonder Pony’ with 12hour ‘Muckathon’

Bruton, Somerset, 19th October 2017Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent milk processor and producers of renewable energy, today announced the total raised by a recent ‘Muckathon’ held at the farm. The August event, led by local farmer George Reed and 4th generation Wyke Farms family member, Jack Clothier, from Wincanton Young Farmers, raised £2,210 for local charity ‘Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony’.  Originally set up by young horse rider and young farmer’s member, Hannah Francis, the charity funds research into bone cancer, particularly Osteosarcoma and provides ‘Willberry’s Wishes’ to seriously ill people of all ages, or an immediate family member of someone suffering from a terminal condition.

The ‘Muckathon’ saw a team of 8 local farmers spreading as much digestate as possible onto the fields at Wyke Farms within a 12-hour period, overseen by Wyke Farms Director Roger Clothier. During the event, the team spread 160 tankers worth of digestate on the fields, the equivalent of 2,500 tonnes.

Cheese toasties kept them going as the task was completed with no breaks and kind donations of tractors and tankers from local contractors, dealerships and farmers where gratefully recieved; Martin Haskett, Wayne House, Jason Croft, Andy Longman, Tom Yeoman, Nick Parker, TH Tractors, Redlynch, Lawrence Wadman, Richard Reed and Jeremy Angell. Kind donations of fuel to run the tractors were received from Ford Fuels and Ticknell Fuels.

The digestate is a by-product from Wyke Farms Sustainable Energy Centre. The company use their own farm waste and local waste such as apple pomace from cider-making and unwanted fodder from farmers, to create energy from anaerobic digestion – making them 100% self-sufficient in renewable energy.  The initiative not only solves the ever more pressing problem of what to do with effluent produced on farms, but utilises it in a way that creates an energy source to run a business as well as produce a nitrogen rich, odour free, fertiliser in the process.  Wyke Farms currently spread digestate on their own fields and offer it to local farmers for free.

George Reed and his team of spreaders were pleased to be able to help Wyke with their weekly spreading of digestate, whilst raising money for a worthwhile charity. He added, that it was “nice to work with a company who value sustainability and environmental practices when farming”.

Roger Clothier of Wyke Farms said: “It was great to see such a large turnout from the young farmers club, all so passionate about sustainable farming in Somerset and eager to raise money for a great cause”.

Useful links:

www.willberrywonderpony.org

www.somersetyfc.org.uk

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