Eric & Edward Booth, Wigglesworth Hall Farm, Wigglesworth, North Yorkshire
“It’s a family farm,” says dairyman Edward Booth of Wigglesworth Hall Farm in North Yorkshire, where he cares for a herd of 200 Holstein Friesian cattle. His grandad was the first to farm here, his mum and dad are partners on the farm, and he works alongside his wife, their three children and a full-time herdsman, while relief milking is done by an uncle and a cousin.
But as well as immediate family, there’s a strong link to the other rural businesses in this beautiful part of the world, a few miles south of Settle. “We’re a close team and we support the local community as much as possible; we use the local breeding centre, feed merchants, shops and auctions,” Edward says. “The more that we can work together and be part of a team, the better.” Being a member of the Booths Fair Milk group is a natural progression, he says. “It’s a good thing to be able to work with a local supermarket – between us all we help to keep the local economy ticking over.”
As one of four family farms involved in the Fair Milk initiative, Wigglesworth Hall Farm is paid above market price for the milk it sends to Booths. “The premium gives us the confidence to invest a bit harder in our business and really push things on,” says Edward. “Animal welfare’s always at the top of the list, but it enables us to go that extra yard.