Who are we?
We began farming in Devon in 1975 where we had 120 cows on 250 acres on the edge of Dartmoor. We moved to the midlands in October 2006 and, with the support of our then landlords, invested in infrastructure including a new 24:48 Waikato parlour to develop the 543 acre farm that we took on.
Over 10 years later the business has expanded to 1200 cows over three farms, the two newer units being arable reversions which have both had new parlours and significant grazing infrastructure put in.
The three farms, located across Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, are varied in their set ups, working with local landowners in the form of contract farming agreements and farm business tenancies but all share the basic principles of converting grass to milk in a way that is easy for the animals, people and the environment!
We take care of our animals and are committed to the highest standards of animal welfare. Our cows feed on high quality pasture and are housed indoors during the more challenging times of year. We ensure that they are cared for through high quality veterinary support and skilled herdsmen and women that manage our herd. To produce high quality milk, we need high quality, happy and healthy cows, and we are committed to achieving this consistently.
We are just stewards of the land we manage – we tread as lightly as we can on the planet, nurturing the soil and preserving our environment for future generations. Our cows graze on luscious pastures bathed in sunlight on Warwickshire hillsides.
The way we work with our people, our suppliers, our customers and our environment is critical to our approach. We believe in sustainable farming that works in harmony with our surroundings, to produce high quality products through motivated people. Specifically, this is how we work:-
It’s the people working at Pilkington Farms that make it special. We work hard to provide support and training at every level in our businesses, and provide unique opportunities for experienced people and newcomers alike. The satisfaction of working with animals and the seasons in the beautiful setting of the Warwickshire countryside is what makes us get up in the morning and love coming to work.