Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farm's Future Licked into Shape with Ice Cream Parlour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farm's Future Licked into Shape with Ice Cream Parlour

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

Dairy farmer John Archer has agricultural diversification licked ( by branching out into the home-made ice cream business.

John and his wife Sue, of New Moor Farm, Walworth Gate in County Durham, have been given a pounds 25,000 Rural Enterprise Scheme grant from Defra to transform a former stable and forge into an ice cream parlour. The couple will use milk from their herd of 300 Jersey cows to make the ice cream, which they will sell on the farm.

The Archers have been dairy farmers at the 300-acre New Moor Farm since 1976.

John said: "Like many farmers, we really suffered in the foot-and-mouth crisis. Our herd of 320 cows had to be culled and we also lost more than 100 young stock, which was devastating.

"But it did make us sit back, take a good look at what we had left and think about how we could change things in the future. …

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