Bold new move with a Devon dairy near Honiton
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:53 05 September 2017
With Cornish milk on the shelves at Bartlett’s Farm Shop, Philip and Rebecca Cooke decided to create a source for the product closer to home
It is a demanding job - which requires skill, time and patience.
Now, a Honiton duo have decided to take the plunge and become dairy processors.
Philip and Rebecca Cooke have opened a new dairy - bearing the name Sutton Lucy - at their farm in Sutton Barton, near Honiton.
The entrepreneurs have already started selling their milk at a variety of local farm shops and cafés, including Bartlett’s Farm Shop, which Rebecca helps run along with her family near Heathpark Industrial Estate.
They made the call to set up and open the facility following the closure of two local dairies.
“It’s a brave move - but one which will hopefully reap the rewards,” says Rebecca.
“Because of these closures, we had to start selling Cornish milk in the shop - and people were asking why we were doing so. That reason made us go to the route of starting a new Devon dairy.
“There is definitely a market there and we are awaiting feedback for our produce - hopefully it’s positive!”
Currently, the couple’s dairy has two herds of cows, Holstein and Jersey, but only Holstein milk is being bottled at present.
Rebecca said: “Hopefully further down the line we will start producing Jersey milk.
“We are passionate about local produce and we hope the feedback we get is positive.
“So far, the journey has been exciting - we have built a strong customer base and everything is going well, now our name is out there.
“The next step will be making yoghurt and hopefully, if it all takes off, start bottling milk from our Jersey herd.
“We just want to keep our customers happy.”
Philip is a third-generation farmer, having been taught his trade by his father and grandfather.
Rebecca also comes from a farming family, and runs Bartlett’s Farm shop with her sister Nicola.n