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Green Farm - Downhead, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Green Farm is a dairy farm on the Mendip hills with 300 milking cows and 200 followers (small heifer calves up to animals about to have their first calf). The farm lies between 600 and 900 feet above sea level and has an average of 48 inches of rain per annum.
No mains water is available for this part of Downhead and the farm relies totally on spring, borehole and reservoir private supplies, which are closely monitored for purity.
The farm also grows 40 acres of seed potatoes, which are sold mainly in the South West, but also to France, Spain and Portugal. The potatoes which measure over the 55mm maximum for seed are sold locally for eating and all the potatoes not reaching retail standard are used as a valuable animal feed supplement.
The cows produce approximately 2 million litres of milk annually which is sold for local farmhouse cheddar cheese production. Grass is the main crop grown on the farm. A dairy cow consumes 10 tonnes (10,000 kg) of conserved forage (silage and maize) during a normal 6 month winter and drinks up to 40 litres of water a day during lactation!
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