From early spring to late autumn, the cows graze the diverse pastures where old, slow growing grasses, and wild plants such as trefoils, vetches, orchids and red and white clover flourish. During the wetter months of the year, the herd is housed inside, and are fed on silage cut from the farm’s grass, clover, lucerne, and whole crop wheat. Rolled beans from a neighbouring farm, barley, and brewers’ grains are also fed to increase the protein in the cows’ diet.
A core aim of the farm is to breed cows suited to a minimum intervention system of farming, and to produce milk with high levels of proteins and butterfat. The use of the Brown Swiss cow is a direct response to achieving these goals.