There are a lot of raised voices as dairy farmers react to news from their milk buyers that the milk price is to be cut again. It takes some mind bending to grasp the fact that in the world of milk the buyer dictates what they will pay even when — as in the case…

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It’s Real Bread Maker Week, celebrating local skilled bakers, users of bread machines and, best of all,  hands that measure flour into bowls, mix and knead. Local bakers supplying Low Sizergh Barn are Staff of Life, Lovingly Artisan and Grange Bakery. These small bakeries have attitude about bread that we share here at the farm,…

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Cumbria’s only fully functioning watermill is run by Ana and Nick Jones their small team of people at Little Salkeld in the north of the county. They have been there since 1975, milling organic and biodynamic specialist flours from 2 UK farmers. Nick chairs the Traditional Cornmillers Guild which commissioned filmmakers Taskscape Associates and the…

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On International Women’s Day Helen Browning is someone to celebrate. She is Chief Executive of the Soil Association and she visited Growing Well at the farm yesterday, and spoke at last night’s meeting of Cumbria Organics. The Soil Association certify for the public that farmers and growers meet high organic standards of chemical free, wildlife…

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This Swedish Red cow was spruced up (using warm water!) for yesterday’s Bentham Auction Mart milk cow sale. Our herd is a mix of breeds, mainly Holstein, Swedish Red and Montbeliard. I choose across dairy breeds for characteristics like long life, good pregnancy rates, high milk production and good general health. Taking advantage of hybrid…

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We had a bit of a tidy for today’s farm assurance inspection. The dairy that buys our milk subscribes to the Red Tractor mark – the farm assurance scheme that shows a food product meets specific animal welfare and quality standards, so it’s important that we meet the criteria.The inspector looked at our animals and…

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A new cow feed arrived today, fresh from the sugar beet factory. This pile of deliciously sweet steaming shreds will be an energy providing addition to the cows’ diet. Some by-products of human food production (like this) are now hard to come by; the mash we used to get from breweries is now powering bio…

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Everyone at Low Sizergh is thrilled to have won the Best Farm Shop category in the inaugural Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards. Included in the judges’ assessment were our fabulous staff, the product range, and Cumbrian influences. It is certainly true that we wouldn’t be where we are without being where we are, which…

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For the first time in 12 years we grew maize. Farmers all over the UK are saying this has been the worst crop in 15 years. The dry windy conditions in May and early June stunted the newly germinated seedlings, and then summer’s abundant rain further limited growth.The important part of the plant is the…

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This morning’s cold weather coincided with a delivery of wood chip for the biomass boiler. A load of 23 cubic metres keeps the barn warm and heats all the hot water we use in a winter fortnight.  It’s a delicious kind of heat, generated by seasoned wood from local managed woodland. There’s a pleasure to…

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