FAMILY AND / OR BUSINESS NAME
Messrs J & E Dickinson – Longley Farm.
180 pedigree Jersey cows.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD PEDIGREE JERSEYS?
We started to include Jerseys in our herd at Longley Farm, Holmfirth in order to increase protein levels when we started to make yoghurt in the early 1970’s.
After buying Tyers Hall Farm, Barsley we moved to keeping a pedigree Channel Island herd, which gradually converted to being entirely Jersey.
Tyers Hall Farm, Ardsley, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
SUPPLIES / PRODUCES
All of the farms milk, along with that of other pedigree Jersey suppliers, goes to be processed at the dairy at Longley Farm and is used to make cream, yoghurt, cottage cheese, butter, cream cheese, fromage frais, buttermilk and yorkshire curd.
WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR CHOOSING TO MILK PEDIGREE JERSEY CATTLE?
We keep finding applications for Jersey milk, with the pedigree Status being a guarantee of it’s provenance.
Both the fats & proteins are significantly different to those in Holstein milk & can be used to improve processes as well as make better or different products.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JERSEY BREED AND IN PARTICULAR YOUR HERD?
The Jersey cow is very hardworking, she has the ability to successfully convert grass to a quality product.
They are not without doubt a very inquisitive, determined breed and we certainly have some very opinionated characters! On the whole they are a pleasure to work with.