M & P Ellis Dairy Farmers based in Petersfield, Hampshire started supplying milk to Pensworth in October 2014. Paula Ellis returned to the family farming partnership 3 years ago following a successful career in IT, providing online backup and disaster recovery solutions to businesses.
Brian Leggat of Pensworth has been working with Paula and an independent consultant to improve milk production as we begin to develop a long term relationship between the farm and ourselves.
The family owned business is undertaking a major investment this year by converting old straw yards into cubicle housing for their 200 cows. The herd is milked through a 30/30 herringbone parlour with Silclear liners. During the Summer the cows are paddock grazed, the grass is measured weekly with a plate meter to ensure efficient usage and re-growth. 90 followers are reared in-house on Volac auto feeder and fed with heifer lac milk replacer.
With an average production of 6,200 litres per cow a total of some 1.2 million litres of this quality milk are processed through out factory each year.