We have owned Henden for more than 20 years.

  • we run a high class, tidy dairy operation, something we are all extremely proud of;
  • our milk is bought by M&S, who requires us to operate to the highest standards;
  • we invested over £3 million in 2009 to 2016 in new infrastructrure for our livestock and their food as well as waste management facilities;
  • today, we milk an average of some 240 cows twice a day within a herd of just under 270;
  • in total we handle some 435 livestock, including the 270 herd;
  • we graze our herd to M&S's standards during the summer months
  • our barn infrastructure provides spare capacity for the animals when all have to be housed during the wet winter months;
  • the barns have wide, comfortable stalls and corridors, large fans to keep heat and humidity down, brushes for back scratching, etc;
  • we produce some 2.9 million litres of high quality of milk per year,  i.e. 7,900 litres per day;
  • we are roughly 66% bigger than the average UK dairy farm, but a long way off from being what some call a “super farm”;

 

  • our livestock are well looked after and our incidences of mastitis/lameness are significantly below the national average;
  • while we are not officially organic we return our natural waste in a controlled way to the ground;
  • we employ five people for the farm and one for the estate.  All are housed in good homes and every one of is focused on safety, a big issue for the farming industry;
  • our team is supported by a range of advisers including vets, a nutritionist, an agronomist and mechanics;
  • we are regularly inspected by M&S and its advisers, the RSPCA, the Red Tractor - Farm & Food Assurance and the Environmental Agency, often with little to no notice.

The core principles of the farm are:

  • the health and welfare of the staff;
  • the health and welfare of the livestock;
  • the protection and enhancement of the environment;
  • financial sustainability;  and
  • transparency in all that we do.

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