“The Godminster Girls,” are our beautiful cows. Various different breeds make up our herd. We have largely Friesian cows but also Normande and Short Horn. There are around 320 cows on Godminster Farm. The herd is fully organic. This means the grass the cows graze on is never exposed to pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
Richard adopted a holistic approach to the cows’ ongoing health early on, including making specific herbs accessible to the cows to augment their wellbeing, and the use of homeopathy to prevent disease, rather than antibiotics which impacts milk production and can reduce immunity.
Godminster Girls’ Life on the Farm
When the summer grazing months are over, the cows enjoy specially grown feeds planted at Godminster Farm. It comprises oats, barley, grasses and peas to mention a few. The combination of the food provides the cows with a wholesome and balanced diet supplemented with the herbs available as forage along the tracks that lead in and out of the dairy.
As far as possible, the Girls are outside. They can help themselves to grass and forage as they please. When it is too wet or chilly outside, the cows stay in our warm, dry barns. Inside, they have plenty of room. It’s always a joy to watch the cows on “Turning Out” day – the first big day back in the fields each Spring.
We source milk from our own herd and from other UK organic producers as required. We need to be sure that all milk is coming from farms that share our values and take the same care of their animals and land that we do.