Milk award for Duchy College

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Duchy College at Stoke Climsland, part of The Cornwall College Group, has been presented with the ‘Supreme Milk Quality’ award by Dairy Crest for the quality of its milk output.

The 270-strong Holstein Friesian herd based at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, looked after by Herd Manager Michael Retallick, received the Supreme Bonus in each month during the 2014/15 milk year for consistently producing top quality, farm assured milk over this period.

The herd is milked through a 15/30 herringbone parlour and rotationally grazed between March and October. The milk goes to Dairy Crest’s largest cheesemaking creamery based at Davidstow to produce Cathedral City and Davidstow brands of cheddar.

Duchy College farm director, James Coumbe, said: “This award is a great recognition of the expertise and hard work that goes into looking after a successful dairy herd. The dairy industry has been a challenging market of late and of course here at the College we have the added complication of making sure that the herd is available as an asset for students studying agriculture.”

Duchy College’s £10 million Future Farm development programme will see the creation of a new robotic dairy unit.

This will include state-of-the-art facilities, including housing, milking and feeding. The layout of the new building will enable dairy trials and research to be carried out that could help to further boost the efficiencies and profitability of dairy farms on an international scale.