A dairy farm has increased the value per litre of milk from the 30p it gets from its Glanbia contact to 50p, almost double, through a new ice cream diversification.
Matthew and Margo Evans keep 350 dairy cattle at their 200ha farm in St David’s Pembrokeshire and decided to move into ice cream production after family holidays in Cornwall – and eating great ice cream there – inspired them.
They take the milk to off-site facilities to produce the ice cream, and can produce £1,000 worth of ice cream from 100 litres in a day.
The most important aspect of the diversification, Matthew Evans says, is that they get to control the price of what they are producing, very different from having to accept the market rates via milk contracts.
With rewards also come challenges, however, and the biggest for Matthew has been dealing with people and talking himself hoarse on his Lochmeyler Farm ice cream stand at shows.
While the main milk enterprise still provides the largest part of their income, they hope to increase the ice cream business and are in the process of building and kitting out their own ice cream production facilities.
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