Dairy farmer's cheese enterprise
A Cornish dairy farmer and his family have successfully launched
their first cheeses after using Objective One investment to
create a purpose-built factory at his farm on the Lizard Peninsula.
Toppenrose Dairy's first two cheeses went on sale in
April and the customers are already coming back for
The new dairy at Trenance Farm, St Keverne, has been created
as part of a £263,000 project that involved investment
of £52,700 through Objective One and a similar sum from
the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Work on the project began last spring with an old concrete-built
barn being demolished and replaced with a small, modern creamery
equipped for the production, storage and packing of cheeses.
David Lambrick from Toppenrose Dairy said: "We completed
the creamery last November and we spent quite a bit of time
trying out some different cheeses.
"It's still early days but we began selling cheeses
at the beginning of April and it's been very successful
so far. We're producing about half a tonne a month at
the moment and we've had lots of positive feedback from
our first customers who are already coming back for
The first two cheeses produced by the new creamery are both
soft mould-ripened cheeses Toppenrose Gold is made
with double cream, while St Keverne Square is a Camembert-type
cheese produced in small squares.
Mr Lambrick added: "We're a small farm with limited
acreage and with milk prices being so volatile the returns
have been disappointing. We knew the only way ahead was to
diversify and with the help of Objective One and DEFRA, we've
been able to do that."
The project is the latest in a series of dairy projects financed
through the Objective One programme, all of which seek to
add value to milk at a time when raw milk prices continue
David Rodda, who leads the Objective One Agricultural Development
Team, said the project was a good example of how farmers could
use Objective One investment to diversify.
He said: "Objective One's Measure 1.4 provides
investment specifically for processing projects. This is an
excellent example of how a farmer has used Objective One to
create a way of adding value to his own produce which in turn
will improve the prospects for the enterprise as a whole.
This is just the kind of thing that we want to encourage."
Roger Metcalf, the Agricultural team's dairy sector
co-ordinator, added: "As well as making the Lambrick
farm more viable and enabling David Lambrick's son Ben
to become full time, in the long term the new creamery will
require milk from other local farms and provide extra employment
opportunities around St Keverne."
European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up the Objective
One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which
is making £314 million of investment available to support
the local economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
||Help preserve the link between diversified farming
and the land.
||Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture
as a key activity in rural areas.
||Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural
||Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas.
||Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage.
For further information contact:
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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