On the Farm
The Vale of York is known for its rich farmland and we are lucky enough to enjoy 550 acres of it in the area around the small village of Seaton Ross.
Ten people work on the farm on a daily basis doing jobs like milking, feeding, ploughing, sowing and looking after our young stock.
Caring for our goats
Looking after the goats is a constant activity and there is a well rehearsed daily routine of feeding, bedding and milking. Our goats are kept on straw in large barns with plenty of room to move around and with lots of natural air and light. They are sociable, curious animals and living in settled familiar groups helps them to milk more consistently throughout the year.
In shelter, they are protected from the vagaries of the British weather where the dangers of foot rot and soil borne diseases can be a real health hazard to them. It also means that we can control their diet and ensure it is fibre-rich and nutritionally balanced for their own health and for good quality milk.
Milking takes place three times a day, in the very early morning, at midday, then late afternoon.
On average, each goat produces around 3 litres of milk a day. So you can imagine why we need so many!
But not all of the milk we use comes from our own farms. We also bring in goats' milk from other family farms across Yorkshire and the Midlands. They have been with us for many years and are all passionate about achieving the highest levels of milk quality and animal welfare.
We grow red clover leys on the farm, which we crop as hay or haylage to feed the goats throughout the year. In order to have a well balanced diet, our goats also have a special feed based on ingredients like wheat, barley, citrus pulp and soya.
This fibrous and nutritious feed ensures the goats' are kept in the best of health and provide us with a high quality fresh tasting milk.
This farming philosophy has helped St Helen's Farm, and all our suppliers, to secure Red Tractor farm assured status. It means that we meet agreed standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. We are all independently monitored to ensure we maintain a top quality supply of fresh British goats' milk for you to enjoy.
In addition, we have formed our own 'Better Goat Farms' scheme, which considers specific issues with regard to goat farming and is an opportunity for us all to share best practice and experience.