2017
Nuffield International Triennial
Conference and Field Tours
3rd June - 15th June

Great British Food

Mon 5th

08.00 - Coaches depart from Wokefield (with luggage)    
18.00 - Coaches arrive at Crowne Plaza Stratford
19.00 - Drinks from the bar.
19.30 - BBQ (The Deck). Free evening. 

Tour Option 1

Alvis Bros
Thatchers Cider

Tour Option 2

Dillington Estate
Frogmary Green Farm

Tour Option 3

Yeo Valley
Gloucester Services

Tour Organiser

British farmers are proud to produce great British food to world-leading standards. Supported by consumer demand for fine, fresh, home-produced food, British farmers today sell their produce direct to consumers, through farm shops and Farmers Markets, as well as through supermarkets and to customers abroad. Our visits on June 5th will focus on outstanding British food producers and retailers.

Alvis Bros

Alvis Bros is a family owned food and farming business and home to the Lye Cross Farm Brand. The integrated West Country business has developed over the last 65 years and, along with 30 local dairy farmers, the family's 1,100 dairy cows provide milk for the manufacture of 4,500 tonnes of organic and non-organic West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese. As well as supplying major UK retailers, cheese is also exported to 40 countries around the world. The business also produces arable crops, beef, bacon pigs, has a fifty per cent share in a contracting business and is the founding business of FarmLink. Nuffield Scholars John Alvis, John Alvis Jnr and Nick Green will be part of the team hosting for the day. (www.lyecrossfarm.co.uk)

Thatchers Cider

Nuffield Scholar, Martin, is the fourth generation Thatcher to lead Thatchers Cider. What started just over 100 years ago, on a very small scale supplying local customers, has grown into a business shipping the ‘Best of Somerset’ across the UK and around the world. Innovative orchard techniques, state of the art cider making equipment and the experience of the Thatchers Cider team ensures everything produced is world class. (www.thatcherscider.co.uk)

Dillington Estate

The Dillington Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. Today, the Estate runs to 3,000 acres and is owned by Lord Cameron, a cross-bencher in the House of Lords, who is involved with all aspects of its management.  Enterprises include dairy, arable and potatoes. Now milking 360 cross-bred cows, the dairy was updated in 2015 from a conventional milking and housing unit to a tailor-made robotic unit with six Lely robots. The arable enterprise grows winter wheat, winter barley and, in some years, oilseed rape, whilst main crop potato varieties are grown and the majority sold via Branston to Tesco. The farm employs 10 full-time staff, with further labour being contracted in for planting and harvesting. (www.dillington.com)

Frogmary Green Farm

Under the stewardship of Nuffield Scholar, Claire, and her husband, Nick, the Braggs have transformed Frogmary Green Farm from a traditional arable farm concentrating on potatoes, to a modern, integrated farming business concentrating on Freedom Food broiler production for supermarket sales, home produced energy and a state-of-the -art cookery school. As well as running their core business, both Nick and Claire work tirelessly to engage with the consumer and promote agriculture to the general public.  (www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk, www.cookitatfrogmary.co.uk)

Yeo Valley

The Mead family have been farming in the beautiful Yeo Valley since 1961 when Roger and Mary, as newlyweds, first bought Holt Farm. At that time, they only had around 30 cows. Today they are the largest family-owned dairy business in the UK producing yogurt, milk, butter, cream and ice cream. They are also the UK’s largest organic brand and, indeed, the 54th biggest grocery brand. Their business vision is simple; to deliver taste the right way.  Farming 1,200 acres of organic farmland, with 420 award-winning British Friesian cows, they consider themselves to be 100% Yeoganic - which is their way of being organic and a little bit more. “We go the extra country mile to look after our land, animals and people. Did you know it’s the top six inches of soil that supports all life on land? That means we really need to look after it,” says Mary Mead. (www.yeovalley.co.uk)

Gloucester Services

The amazing new M5 motorway Gloucester Services and farm shop aren’t just somewhere to take a quick break. The north and southbound facilities are also a must-see tourist destination. On the outside, the main services are camouflaged by their grass roofs and natural stone walls. Once inside, the spacious timber-framed interior will drop your jaw to the floor. And, oh yes... the food’s good too! Inside the main halls are beautiful cafes and a farm shop with a  choice of fresh meats, crusty pies, homemade cakes and vegetable displays second to none. At the heart of this food extravaganza is locally sourced, great British food and a business mandate to bring local products and producers to a much wider, national audience. Rooted in farming as beef and lamb producers, Gloucester Services are the brainchild of the Westmorland Family, whose company Westmorland Ltd is based in Cumbria where they founded the Tebay Services four decades ago. The family’s ethos is: “Live as if you will die tomorrow. Farm as if you will live forever.” (www.gloucesterservices.com)