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Why Do We Keep Guernsey Cows?

Guernsey cows are known for their docile and friendly nature. Rather than trample you to death, they want to lick you to death! They don't produce as much milk as other breeds do but they make up for it in the creaminess of their milk, quality not quantity.  Other dairy breeds typically have butterfat of 3.5% whilst our Guernseys are up at 5.5% - that's the secret to making the most delicious ice cream.

Happy cows produce more and better quality milk. A scientific study has shown that if you name a cow and treat her as an individual she will produce 500 pints more milk a year.

Their welfare is crucial to our business, and we do everything to make our girls happy.

We are one of the only herds of pedigree Guernseys in the UK with over 200 cows currently producing our lovely milk. Managing a pedigree herd takes skill, time and lots of effort and we have a dedicated team that specialises in the three stages of looking after the herd.

Say Hi to our Farmer Phill!

Our Guernseys are taken care of by Phill Carlisle and his team based at Thornton Lodge, Finghall. Phill has many years experience of farming and is very focused on ensuring our Guernseys receive the very best care, food and attention at all times.

Guernsey Cows need a little more attention than some other breeds, particularly when they are starting out, so we house our calves at Brymor - keeping them tucked up in a cosy barn until the warmth of Spring when they can graze on our pasture here at the farm.  

The calf shed can be viewed by the public from the indoor play area, call in and see the calves and make it a part of your visit to the Parlour?  
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You may be lucky enough to see our Guernsey Girls grazing in the meadow as you approach the Parlour from the main road.

Show Success

This Summer our Guernsey Girls 'Chloe' and 'Flo' have been super busy attending local shows across the region. The girls have been impeccably well turned out at every event, and are always on their very best behaviour. This season the girls have won a total of nine prizes, and four of them were in the top two places! A big well done to our Guernsey Girls, not forgetting our resident 'Cow Girl' Rosie Grant, for all her hard work and dedication to our girls.
Click on the gallery to see the girls in action:

Latest Herd News

A Taste of Summer

Hannah & Little Alf

  • Posted On: 19 June 2019
  • Author: Laura
  • Number of views: 426
A Taste of Summer

The sun is shining today in the Yorkshire Dales, me and Alfie have been tucking in to some of Brymors famous ice cream! I love going to Brymor ice cream parlour it’s a very short trip from my house here in the Dales and I often bike over during the summer months I think I have mentioned it endless times on my blogs in the past….

With the sun shining it’s the perfect chance to sit the fields with the ponies and a tub of ice cream, I went along to Brymor this morning after doing some local deliveries and picked up four different flavours. Brymor also stock the Little Alf books so it’s a perfect excuse to get ice cream at the same time – you could even sit in the sun at Brymors parlour with a Little Alf book and ice cream for a peaceful afternoon. 

I’m currently working on the next Little Alf book at home in my office, so during my break I went to sit with Alfie and cracked open a tub of clotted cream and Cindrella, I’ve always been a fan of the plainer flavours but love mixing them together, I also love making ice cream milkshakes they are lovely when the weather is hot. 

Of course Alfie can’t eat ice cream as that would make him very poorly but he didn’t mind licking the outside of the tubs, I think he was trying to have a cheeky lick of the ice cream if he could… I imagine if he could have ice cream his favourite flavour would be Brymor’s ‘Toffee Apple’ as horse’s love apples, especially Alfie. If he could make his own ice cream it would be a combination of carrots, apples and mints!

For those of you who haven’t heard of Little Alf before, he is a miniature Shetland pony who stands at 28 inches high due to him having dwarfism, although he is small he’s ‘mighty’ and often causes trouble, he once met HRH Princess Anne in 2017 and decided to bite all the buttons of her coat (yikes) very luckily she didn’t mind to much and saw the funny side of things.

Me and Little Alf have been partners in crime for nearly 7 years now, time certainly flies when you’re having fun, he’s the inspiration behind my books and currently has 8 books published about him with his 9th and 10th been released later this year… which reminds me I better get back to my manuscript.. 

Hannah & Little Alf x 

Visit Hannah and Little Alf’s shops in Leyburn Market town! Hannah recently opened up ‘Russell home interiors and Gifts’ at 15 Market place Leyburn. You can pop along have a browse and see the full range of Little Alf merchandise. 


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