Katy Lowe

Katy Lowe

Sandbach, Cheshire

Dairy (organic)

DAIRY, CHESHIRE: Katy farms a 250 acre (101ha) organic dairy farm in Cheshire. She milks approximately 130 cows and rears all her own youngstock. Over the past six years she has invested in robotics around the farm, including two robotic milkers.

The cows graze outdoors from late February/early March to the end of October/beginning of November. All milk is supplied to Belton Farm which makes a wide range of cheese just across the county border in Shropshire.

Katy is passionate about regenerative farming methods and is interested in making further environmental improvements to the farm over the coming years.

Katy grew up on the farm she now runs. After a hiatus studying for a politics degree, she earned a place on the Barclays Future Leaders Development Programme graduate scheme where she worked for just under three years. Although she loved the London life, she had always wanted to work alongside her Dad and push the farm forwards – so she left the city in 2014.

Sadly, things did not go to plan. “My Dad suddenly died one night leaving me in charge of the farm after just 25 days back at home,” she says. “Luckily I had worked very closely with Dad throughout most of my school and university holidays and regularly helped out at weekends so was able to muddle through and am hopefully now making him proud with the improvements I am making to the farm.”

She enjoys being a part of nature, as well as caring for the animals’ health and wellbeing. Katy relishes the constant challenges and problem solving that farming presents, with every day being different. But most of all she loves seeing the cows calve and new life being born onto the farm - a sight that will never get old.

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Katy sometimes feels dismayed with how farmers come across when being interviewed, and disappointed when only the mainstream viewpoint is given airtime. She joined Just Farmers as a way of making her voice heard. When not caring for her two young daughters she enjoys playing musical instruments, gardening, baking, and eating out.