The Briddlesford Lodge Farm team with their cups and prize cows, from left, Nigel Weeks, Richard Griffin, Paul Griffin and Louise Griffin. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
AN ISLAND farming family has scooped a number of trophies for its herd of Guernsey cows.
The Griffin family, of Briddlesford Lodge Farm, Wootton, won the trophies at the National English Guernsey Cattle Society annual awards for their pedigree Guernsey herd.
The prestigious trophies were awarded for the three highest-yielding cows from the same sire; the three highest-yielding home-bred cows; the five highest-yielding cows from the same family; and the society's highly coveted special prize for butterfat.
In all these classes, the herd also gained second prize. In addition, the herd came second in the overall competition for the average yield per cow — just 1kg behind the first herd.
Richard and Judi Griffin travelled to Cornwall to collect the trophies, which were awarded at the society’s AGM held at St Buryan, near Land’s End.
The farm is managed by Richard and his son, Paul, who work in partnership with Paul’s sisters, Louise and Izzy. Herdsman Nigel Weeks is also employed.
The milk is marketed as Buttercup Milk and can be bought at Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop, and at the Farmers' Market in Newport.