Meet our Dairy Farmers
At Jersey Dairy we have 14 farms providing us with 14 million litres of fresh Jersey milk every year. We are a farmer owned co-operative which means our dairy farmers play an important role in every aspect of the milks journey from “grass to glass”. Our dairy farmers love their cows, and we all love the nutritious and delicious Jersey milk which they produce.
Follow our dairy farmers on social media and learn more about them below…
The Le Maistre Family
Master Farms is a mixed dairy and vegetable farm run by the Le Maistre family. Peter and brother Philip Snr along with their two sons Matthew and Philip Jnr run the farm with the latter being the 7th generation to farm. The family grow a range a vegetable crops with the focus being Jersey Royals, courgettes, cauliflowers and tomatoes. As well as arable farming, the family have a 240 head dairy herd at their farm in St.Brealde. Their Jersey cows are an important part on the farm. Apart from producing the highest quality of Jersey milk to the Dairy, the cows enable the family to rotate their land to ensure they grow their crops as efficiently as possible.
This year the Le Maistre Family intended to open their farm to the public for the first time as they planned to take part in LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the event was cancelled and LEAF Online Farm Sunday was created. This was an online celebration of farming, which gave hundreds of thousands of people the chance to discover more about how and where their food is produced. Phil Jnr hosted a live tour of Westlands Farm which gave thousands of people the opportunity to virtually visit his farm.
Watch the live tour here:
Phil Jnr says…”the best thing about being a farmer is the varied nature of the job, no day is ever the same!”.
The Perchard Family
Father and son team Robbie and Tom Perchard run their Ansom herd of 280 head at their family owned farm called ‘La Ferme’ in St Martin. Tom is the 3rd generation of the Perchard family to farm there after his Grandparents bought the property in 1957. Robbie is the President of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RJA&HS) which is currently helping to drive projects in Africa that are utilizing bull semen from the Island and the Jersey cow to deliver economic growth in rural areas and lift people out of poverty.
Every two years the Perchard family open up the farm to the public for their ‘La Ferme Farm Fun Day’ which is a fantastic charitable event that gives members of the public full access to a working dairy farm, including farm tours, tractor and trailer rides, live entertainment and much more!
Tom says…”the best thing about being a dairy farmer is the opportunity to work outside and the variation in the work through the different seasons. It’s also hugely satisfying seeing animals that you have cared for develop from baby calves into mature milking cows, knowing that through good management and high levels of animal welfare and husbandry, those animals will lead happy, healthy and hopefully profitable lives!”.
The Le Boutillier Family
Woodlands Farm is nestled in the heart of Jersey less than a mile south of the centre stone.
At Woodlands Farm you can not only find the herd going about their daily business, but the Potato Shack – the gateway honesty box and farm tearoom, the Farm Butchery and the Crémière Kitchen making artisan dairy products sold on the farm and around the island.
The Le Boutillier family have been milking Jersey Cows and growing Jersey Royal Potatoes at Woodlands for 5 generations. Today Charlie and Bryony le Boutillier both run the farm alongside their parents Richard and Nicki. Anyone who loves the Jersey Cow as much as the Le Boutillier’s do is always welcome at Woodlands Farm!
If you fancy visiting Woodlands Farm you can find them here:
Rue de Maupertuis,
Fun fact! Bryony and Charlie’s Aunt…Jean Treleven is the Head of Farm Education at Jersey Dairy and is just as passionate about dairy farming as the rest of the family!
The Le Gallais Family
Coming soon…Andrew and Lorraine Le Gallais from Cowley Dairy Farm.
Andrew is the Chairman of the Jersey Milk Marketing Board and has been farming for most of his life.
Below, Andrew gives a tour of his milking parlour to local school children.
The Houzé Family
Paul and Becky Houzé are a father-daughter dairy duo from Lodge Farm in the Parish of St.Saviour. Becky is a 4th generation dairy farmer and aside from running a 200 head dairy herd with her dad, Paul, Becky is bit of a celebrity, not just in Jersey but around the world! Becky aka The Jersey Cowgirl boasts over 20,000 followers on her Instagram account. Becky says, “Aware we now live in a generation where the majority of the population are far removed from agriculture, in 2016 I started blogging short informative posts about life on the farm. Teaching our methods and practices, sharing my passion for farming.”
Just like all of our dairy farmers, the Houzé Family are committed to to investing in technology to improve efficiency and production on their farm.
“Over the last two years we’ve focused on renovating our cattle’s winter housing to low emission buildings, converting to LED lights set on timers and reducing emissions by installing robotic slurry hoovers. Our shed is now completely automated with even our feed system on a conveyor belt, our air quality has much improved due to no longer driving diesel tractors inside the sheds. We have also improved cow comfort by installing 160 new free stall beds, tipping water troughs and increasing loafing areas. This week we completed our renovation project introducing two new back scratches for the cows to entertain themselves while we wait for the February sun and the grass to grow. At Lodge Farm we are working towards the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030!”
Trinity Manor Farm
Trinity Manor Farm is the largest dairy farm on the Island with a long and successful history as an on-going farm dating back to the 16th Century!
The family-owned farm comprises 170 acres of private estate in the heart of the parish of Trinity, Jersey. It’s home to over 650 award-winning, pedigree Jersey milking cows producing over 2.75 million litres of high-grade quality milk annually to Jersey Dairy.
“Major improvements to the farm were planned and implemented in 2018 when we merged our herd with Chalet Farm in St John, almost doubling our headcount to over 650 cows in just one month. We had to quickly integrate them into the herd and fit the infrastructure and equipment improvements in at the same time!”.
At Trinity Manor the priority is to ensure their cows have a happy and healthy living environment. This includes layered mattresses for them to sleep on rather than concrete floors, back scratchers and massage facilities, easy to reach feeding stations with just the right amount of feed for them, sheds that circulate air to keep them cool, two-tone lighting in the milking parlour, an amazing recently installed cow shed chandelier and much more!
Visit the Trinity Manor Farm website here for more exciting updates:
The Leng Family
David and Caroline Leng from Blanc Pignon Dairy Farm in St Peter, Jersey.
Jersey Dairy farmers in 2013 get together to celebrate 250 years of pure quality!
Jersey Dairy farmers meet weekly in the summer months to exchange farming tips and study the different Jersey herds around the Island.
Pictured here is Tom Perchard from La Ferme Farm, Andrew Le Gallais from Cowley Dairy Farm and Charlie Le Boutillier from Woodlands Farm.