The deliciously smooth texture of our ice cream is made possible by using the best quality locally-sourced milk. That’s why supporting Cornish farmers and producers is really important to us.
The multi award-winning team at Trewithen Dairy uses Cornish milk to craft a range of dairy products, and has been supplying our milk from the outset. The dairy’s owner Bill Clarke convinced Andrew Treleaven to buy the ice cream company back in 2002, and we’ve been working together ever since. With our factory located within a few miles of Trewithen’s dairy, we know the milk will always be as fresh as possible.
Our neighbours at Trekillick Farm are one of Trewithen Dairy’s select milk suppliers. Cornwall’s mild climate is perfect for farming dairy cows; the warm, and often wet, weather produces fantastic grass. The cows can stay out in the open for more of the year, using the grass as their main source of food, rather than having to rely on winter forages.
Bill and Rachel Clarke established Trewithen Dairy at Greymare Farm in Cornwall’s Glynn Valley in 1994. Now Cornwall and Devon’s largest bottler of milk, Trewithen was originally run both as a farm and a dairy. The business expanded rapidly and, in 2001, Trewithen turned its full attention to processing.
The dairy is still very much a family business with Bill and Rachel’s sons, Francis and George, managing its day-to-day running. Trewithen’s milk comes from 25 farms all based within a 25 mile radius of Bodmin, guaranteeing its quality and freshness. Each of its farming partners has been hand-picked by Bill and Rachel, and demonstrate high standard of welfare for their animals. Happy cows produce better milk.
Trekillick Farm began producing milk with a small herd of 60 dairy cows in 1965. Now run by Colin Dyer, his wife Pauline, and son Mike – the fourth generation of the family – the farm looks after 300 pedigree Jersey cows, and has been supplying Trewithen Dairy since 2010. This breed is renowned for producing the creamiest and tastiest milk in the UK.
The Dyers also farm 700 acres of arable land to grow their own crops used to feed their livestock. There’s always a good amount of high quality grass for cows to eat due to Cornwall’s wet and warm climate. The animals (and people) at Trekillick also benefit from being able to drink natural spring water sourced on the farm. This means that Trekillick can be largely self-sufficient.