In the heart of the Dorset countryside, just outside Sturminster Newton, you'll find Woodbridge Farm which has been home to the Davies family for over 40 years
.Richard took over running the farm from his father, Michael Davies, in 1989, when Mike moved on to produce the unique Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese full time.
Woodbridge Farm is home to 270 Holstein Friesian cows, on the 580 acre Stock Estate at Stock Gaylard. Richard farms on the heavy Oxford clay soil which can be challenging to the farm, growing 140 acres of corn and 100 acres of maize each year.
We calve all year round to produce a continued milk supply which goes into making Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese, which is also made at the farm. Each cow produces approx. 9,000 litres of milk per year
It is still very much a family run business, and employs 3 full-time people to help run the farm. There’s always something going on as it is home to both Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese and The Dorset Blue Soup Co.
In March 2020, we introduced both a milk and a fresh products vending machine to our farm, supplying the local community and hungry passers by with pasteurised whole milk and other local products. The vending machines are very easy to use and are open every day, 7am until 8pm... if you come at the right time, you may even see the cows on their way into the parlour.
During March 2021, in a bid to reduce our carbon footprint, we installed a 43 kW solar PV array on a farm building roof to generate electricity for farm processing.
Our project has been part funded by Low Carbon Dorset as part of the European Regional Development Fund and will save 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.