Omsco was formed in 1994 by a group of five like-minded dairy farmers with a shared belief that there is simply a better way to farm.
Nearly 30 years on, the passion and belief of those original members has inspired others; Omsco has transformed its member base, market reach and international alliances.
Omsco has over 160 farmer members across England, Scotland and Wales. Each farm has a unique story to tell.
The Tweddle family have been farming in Archdeacon Newton, County Durham since 1928, with Graham Tweddle now the fourth generation. There have always been cows in the village but it is only since 2000 the herd has been organic. Conversion to organic status lead to the family moving into processing and retailing their own milk under the Acorn Dairy brand across the north of England.
Graham is a big believer in investing in the future – that is why he welcomes groups of school children onto the farm, so that they can see the cows being milked and learn for themselves about the quality of animal welfare that is at the heart of organic farming.
Lyndon Edwards , and together with his son , Thomas, run a farm and farm shop business , overlooking the River Severn , just outside Chepstow. They have been farming at Hanley Farm since 1972 and converted to Organic farming in 1999 because they believed it was a better way to farm. Today they farm over 600 acres with over 240 prize winning pedigree milking cows and 100 cross bred Angus and Hereford Cattle.
The Hanley Farm Shop has its own in-house Butchery, Deli and Café. Everything sold is sourced locally wherever possible, much of it from a land share site they help set up where people grow organic fruit and veg..
In 2016 they won the prestigious Small Farm Shop of the Year Award.
SUNNY HILL FARM
Annie farms 300 acres organically in Pembrokeshire, South Wales with her parents. They have been farming organically for 5 years and love the ethos of working with nature, not using harmful chemicals and building healthier soils. The farm has 120 Holstein Friesian cows which calve all year round plus followers and beef which they also raise.
Free range and grass fed – Annie loves to have the cows out grazing grass as must as possible throughout the year. However, just like people, if the weather is poor the cows will choose to seek shelter inside their spacious barn.
“I am passionate about animal welfare and love caring for my cows and calves” says Annie. “Turn out day is the highlight of the year”
Something new that Annie has introduced is a milk vending machine on the farm – “where locals can enjoy farm fresh milk and know exactly where their food comes from.”
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