Exciting future for Gorwydd Caerphilly as Trethowan’s Dairy moves to Somerset

We are excited to announce that we will be moving to a brand new purpose-built dairy at Puxton Court Farm in North Somerset this coming July.

We will be very sad to leave Gorwydd Farm, the local area and Wales altogether. We’ve been making Gorwydd here for 18 years since Todd took over the old barns and sheds, and turned out a few Gorwydds in a borrowed cheese vat.

Todd with the Puxton Court Farm herd.

Todd with the Puxton Court Farm herd.

In lots of ways however, the move to Somerset is bringing the cheese full circle. We will now be making it just over 10 miles from where Todd originally learnt the recipe. And funnily enough, we will also be making it closer to Caerphilly than we do now!

There’s been a long history of caerphilly making in Somerset as between the First and Second World Wars, cheddar makers turned to caerphilly as a quicker way to turn their milk into money than cheddar.  Lots of farmers we’ve spoken to in the Somerset area have told us it was usual to make a batch of caerphilly every Sunday.

Our main driver in our quest to do one thing well – make beautiful Gorwydds – is finding the best possible milk – and the quality of the milk at Puxton Court Farm is second to none. Our new dairy is just across the yard from the milking parlour so this is an amazing opportunity to work with beautiful milk from a fantastic pedigree herd. We are really looking forward to working with Steve Hearn, the herdsman, to develop our understanding of the variations in the milk and the effect they have on our cheese, without having to change supply, as we do currently, throughout the year.

Steve Hearn starts the afternoon milking of the 100-strong Holstein herd at Puxton Court Farm.

Steve Hearn starts the afternoon milking of the 100-strong Holstein herd at the farm.

The facilities will be brand new and we will have the capacity to produce more cheese, but we will still be making Gorwydd in exactly the same hands-on way we always have, using the third generation recipe that Todd learnt 20 years ago.

It’s a real end of an era leaving the family farm at Gorwydd but we are excited about the move and the fantastic long-term future it secures for Gorwydd Caerphilly.

Moving Gorwydd Caerphilly is simply continuing the itinerant tradition of this type of cheese. Its name and its roots will continue to be Welsh, just as ours are. We think that our grandmother Eleanor Lewis would be pleased. We will continue to make cheese at Gorywdd up until just before we move into our new dairy.

Construction of the new dairy has begun, seen here with the cow shed and milking parlour just behind.

The new dairy goes up, seen here with the cow shed and milking parlour just behind.

Construction of the new dairy has just begun. We will be updating this blog regularly with news of progress as the building goes up and the new dairy takes shape.

If you have questions do get in touch.

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4 responses to “Exciting future for Gorwydd Caerphilly as Trethowan’s Dairy moves to Somerset

  1. Kathryn Trethowan

    Wonderful…. I imagine you will be helping out with the 3am milking too.
    Good luck on your new endeavour x

  2. Exciting! Good luck with it all :)

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