My family have been farming here in Newton St Cyres for over 450 years. 25 years ago my father and mother Sir John and Prue Quicke built the dairy where I continue to produce our award winning cheeses today.
The dairy is definitely the heart of the farm, which is set in 1500 acres of stunning Devon countryside, where our 500 cows provide the rich creamy milk to make our cheese and butter.
Care for this beautiful environment and the welfare of our animals lie at the very heart of the Quickes philosophy.
Our fantastic dairy cows plus young stock, a three way cross breed of New Zealand Friesian, Swedish Red and Montbeliard sires, feed on a 290 acre rotational grazing area in paddocks for 10-12 months of the year.
We chose to breed a grazing oriented cow with the emphasis on milk quality, good fertility and cow longevity. When grass is less available, the cows also have access to troughs where they can help themselves to grass, whole crop and maize silage. Any surplus grass is converted from the grazing area if required and drinking water is plentiful.
We have 400 acres where we also grow wheat, spring barley, oil seed rape, oats and maize and sell cash crops through the co-operative Westcountry Grain.
Sharing the farm with some other residents such as woodlarks, grey partridges and brown hares, we ensure we continue to create a suitable habitat for them by growing a range of arable stewardship crops.
In fact we are proud to say that he farm has one of the largest Countryside Stewardship Schemes. So in addition to the wildlife habitats and with government help, we maintain and restore 170 acres of hedges, orchards, beetle banks, bankside trees and ponds, footpaths and have educational access so people can enjoy the countryside.
Other updates from Mary Quicke MBE
July 2015 on the Farm
High Summer after a cool Spring. So far we've had sun and rain about right...Read more
June 2015 on the Farm
Thriving, glorious June!.......Read more
May 2015 on the Farm
This spring seems more beautiful that any spring I remember. The slow build with the cooler weather tantalisingly stretc…Read more
April on the Farm
Wild garlic, bluebells, cow parsley; the fields, the hedges and the woodlands shout, "It's spring".....Read more
March on the Farm
The lingering end of winter, and the hopeful start of spring. The strengthening light of the sun...Read more
February on the Farm
Already the days are noticeably longer, the dark pushed back each morning and each evening. We wait for the forecast co…Read more
January on the Farm
Happy New Year to you all!Read more
December on the Farm
It's the depths of the year; the sun just creaks above the horizon and the watery light drives plant life underground.Read more