Sophie Gregory

Sophie Gregory

Chard, Somerset

Dairy (organic)

DAIRY, CHARD. Sophie and her husband Tom are first generation organic dairy farmers with three young children. They farm about 900 acres on the Dorset / Devon / Somerset border in partnership with a business partner.

Sophie isn’t from a farming background and left her job in accountancy when she fell in love with cows. Tom’s family do farm but there’s no farm to take on, so the couple decided to start up on their own.

They milk 370 cows which calve in the spring and autumn, using a mixture of Friesians, Jerseys and Shorthorns bred for longevity, milk solids (fat and protein for cheese production) and their ability to convert grass into milk without needing lots of concentrated feed.

They sell their milk to Arla and as active Arla members get involved in anything from filming on the farm to talking to the public on Arla’s stand at Valley Fest. They hold school visits and take part in FarmerTime and Open Farm Sunday, the latter of which they held virtually during Covid. 

Although the winter routine is their least favourite part of farming, it means the couple are always thrilled to get the cows back out again in the spring. And they simply love being in the outdoors, being around the animals and sharing their job with schoolchildren and the public.

Always looking at new ideas, they have some exciting projects coming up in 2022 including a conservation grazing venture and potential glamping. 

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Sophie and her husband Tom enjoy riding, spending time with family, and fuelling their desire to always keep learning.