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21-1-17-Happy New Year Moos from Mumma J & Farmer Clive

Farmer Clive and I have ‘blog napped’ from Bonny for the first 2017 blog on #BonnysBlog. Last year was an amazing year for us all here on Perridge Farm, so we wanted to share some of the most important moments with you all before Bonny gives you all her moos starting in February.

Here’s wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2017, from all of us humans, Bonny and all her friends at the farm.

Judith and Clive Freane with their Guernsey dairy cows

Farmer Clive and Mumma J wish you all a Happy New Year

January/February

January saw the launch of our our mobile/tablet responsive website.  It was also a full year since pv panel installation and they’d generated 27900 KW of energy! ALL of that energy was utilised for our production and chiller facilities.
February researchers said they had proven eating vanilla yoghurt makes you happy, that didn’t surprise us at all!  You can read more about the research here
We held a memorial for Henry Myles who passed in February 2015 at the age of 90. Henry worked with my Father on Perridge Farm from the early 1950’s right up until he was in his mid-eighties.

March/April
March it was announced that a new British Journal of Nutrition study published showed that “organic dairy products and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic”  This new study backed up our own independent analysis on our organic yoghurt and beef produced on our farm – read more here 
April found our organic beef and it’s nutritional benefits featured in a recipe book published by Danny Lidgate of Lidgates in London; the prestigeous Holland Park London Butchers customers of our beef for over 12 years.

May/June

May our Strawberry & Vanilla organic panna-cotta won the BOOM Awards yoghurt & dairy category – what an accolade!  Also the Taste of the West awards were announced and we had won 3 awards yoghurt,  organic rib eye steak and again our panna-cotta.
An article appeared by Nick Triggle BBC health correspondent about the importance of wholemilk yoghurt, a part quote here “In its normal state – natural full-fat – it’s pretty good for you. It can boost your immune system, is good for your bones and is great at satisfying hunger”  we couldn’t have agreed more! read his article in full here
June means one thing to everyone in our village of Pilton – Glastonbury Festival!  We do love a boogie here at the farm so we enjoy the music drifting over the fields, the cows seem to love it too!
July/August

July grass yields were phenomenal this year so plenty of grass to eat all year round for our Guernsey herd.  Another award! our organic rib eye steak won a gold star award in the Great Taste Awards; The Judges said “Great texture and an amazing flavour from the grass feeding.”

August we launched a wet fish range partnering with an MSC accredited fish supplier; fish all locally sourced from South Coast and fully traceable from catch to kitchen.

September/October
September means Organic September! A month long ‘celebration’ of all things organic; we ran tasting events and ran offers and promotions throughout. Also selected by Small Business Saturday as one of their SBS biz 100 companies.
October begins our busiest time of the year, Christmas! Our first order came in on email before we had even launched the Christmas Fayre range on our website! We also attended the annual Wells Food Festival.
November/December

November
we joined the SBS Bus (as a Small Business Saturday Biz 100) when it came to Bath and spent a very chilly day talking to lots people and giving out tasting samples of our organic yoghurts and beef.  Then of course we had Black Friday introduced from USA and now a staple of British shopping.

December a last yet very important month of 2016.
First I joined the Small Business Saturday team at a reception at No 10 Downing Street, it was a remarkable opportunity to attend this event and actually be one of only 30 businesses to actually exhibit our produce to government officials and to have the opportunity to speak to Margot James Small Business Minister.
Then to top the year off on an incredible high we won Highly Commended for Champions in Sustainable Farming Award at the prestigious Food and Farming Industry Awards which was presented to me and Clive at the House of Commons dinner to celebrate the awards.This final award is our 46th to date for our organic farm and produce; all made possible by our Guernsey herd and the incredibly dedicated team of 11 local people that work with us on the farm, in the dairy production, in the butchery and the office.  What a year!We’re all looking forward to what 2017 brings.

 

 

#Bonny

Hello, my name is #Bonny and I am a #Guernsey #browncow living at Perridge Farm in Pilton, Somerset. I wanted to write this blog so that you can share in the everyday life happenings on our organic farm; which is also the home of Brown Cow Organics. I started writing #BonnysBlog when I was very young, back in April in 2015 and every week since I've been telling you all about things that are happening on the farm; to me, my calf friends, the big girls, all the other animals on the farm and the humans that look after and care for us all - Farmer Clive, Mamma J, Sophie, Vet Stephen and Nathan. So drop in every week for all my Moos - Bonny

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