Honiton couple start dairy processing

PUBLISHED: 17:15 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 31 July 2017

Rebecca Cooke has started a new dairy with her husband.

Rebecca Cooke has started a new dairy with her husband.

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Rebecca and Philip Cooke have taken on the new venture at their farm in Sutton Barton, and are only a matter of weeks into their new journey.

A Honiton couple have set up a new dairy - and have already started producing milk for sale.

Rebecca and Philip Cooke have taken on the new venture, called Sutton Lucy Dairy, at their farm in Sutton Barton, and are only a matter of weeks into their new journey.

Rebecca, who is part of the Bartletts Farm Shop family business, said she and her husband took the decision to start up the dairy because of the closures of Yarty Valley Dairies, and Ashclyst Dairy in Whimple.

She said: “Because of these closures, we had to start selling Cornish milk in the shop. That made us go to the route of starting a new Devon dairy.

“There is definitely a market there.”

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.”

The Cookes’ milk and cream are for sale at Bartletts Farm Shop and other local shops and coffee shops in Honiton.

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