Cockhaise Farm is running an open day on Sunday 8th June from 11am-4pm. It is part of the national Open Farm Sunday programme and is not the first time the farm has opened its doors to the community.
The diary farm will have sheep shearing, pigs, calves, tractors, see the cows being milked, meet the vet, tractor and trailer rides and a farm walk, along with a bbq serving our Cockhaise burgers. It is a chance for people to come and see how an organic dairy farm is run and how they are trying to build for the future as well.
The Burdett family have been at the farm since 1986 and they now farm over 650 acres at the site. The milk around 230 cows and have been selling their (organic) milk through a european cooperative since 1999.
Dan Burdett explained how they are seeking to make changes to the farm fields in the future: "In the next five years we will grow more diverse grassland, supporting more species of plant that are able to root much further down, therefore bringing more life to our soils. With this will come a greater ability to be able to survive the extremes of weather that we now face, with our soil being able to hold more water when it's wet and therefore be able to be more drought tolerant in the extreme dry."
Dan and the team will explain more about this and how the farm works at the FREE event on Sunday 8th June.