Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 87

Buy more local milk! Dairy farming isn’t an easy career choice these days. Twenty years ago there were 260 farms producing milk on the Isle of Wight – now there are just 24. Rock bottom prices imposed by supermarkets and trends towards dairyfree diets continue to take their toll. Two more Island farms stopped producing milk this last year alone. But one island farmer who is managing to stay the course is Harold George of Coppid Hall Farm. He delivers around the island from Yarmouth to Bembridge and from Shanklin to Newport supplying doorstep deliveries and larger orders to hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes and residential homes. Harold says: “We have between 150 and 162 milk producing cows on the farm at any one time which we have bred ourselves. “They graze out all summer and in winter they eat silage from grass and maize produced on the farm FOOD & DRINK - life Picture: Harold George and which is completely GM free.” Coppid Hall has been in Harold’s family since 1932 – a tradition he hopes will continue. His wife Andrea mans the office and the eldest of Harold’s four sons, Alan, is a partner. The farm also employs 16 full-time and eight part-time staff who are all local people. Harold is justifiably proud that his milk is ‘green’ in the best sense of the word. “If people are concerned about food miles they might be interested to know that 15 miles is the furthest our milk travels. “There’s a lot of milk brought onto the island that has travelled much further than that.” The dairy has a 24 hour answerphone service and orders can be taken up until 6pm for a next day delivery. Anyone interested in doorstep deliveries should call 882489. Sponsored by - 87