Whin Yeats Farm

Whin Yeats Farm is a small upland dairy farm with about 80 cows and 200 sheep. The Burwhin (‘Bur’ from my dad’s surname Burrow and ‘Whin’ from the farm name) herd of pedigree Holstein Friesians was established over 40 years ago. They rear all their heifers, reducing the risk of bringing in disease and allowing bloodlines to continue, and Tom, Max & Jenny are the only people who milk the cows. They recently won 1st prize nationally for milk quality from their milk buyer, First Milk!

Some of their cow families have been at Whin Yeats Farm for over 25 years! Cows enter the herd at around 2 ½ years old having had their first calf. Their oldest cow is Wendy 40 who is 16 years old and has had 13 calves.

Their sheep are Kendal Rough Fell, a local hill breed. They retain the gimmer (female) lambs for breeding, and the wethers (males) go to auction. I know we’re biased, but Rough Fell lambs are the prettiest! The farm is also home to free range hens, pigs, cats & dogs! The average age of their hens is 6-8 years (compared to only 1 ½ years for commercial free-range hens).

The sign for Whin Yeats Farm, near the Kelker Well Roundhouse glamping site
Dairy cows are grazing with views of the Yorkshire Dales

The farm was established 60 years ago by my grandad, and my dad & Jenny have expanded it further over the last 40 years. They care passionately about the local environment and supporting local wildlife. In the last 30 years, they have planted more than 2,000 trees and have created 350 metres of new hedgerows and two new ponds. They have also recently planted a wildflower meadow near the footpath that leads to the Roundhouse. As such, the farm has a beautiful variety of flora and fauna.

Dad & Jenny went into partnership with Tom & Clare in 2012 to secure the sustainability of the farm for future generations and supported them to set up Whin Yeats Dairy in November 2015. Tom & Clare produce unpasteurised cheese hand-made on the farm, and the business has gone from strength to strength. Their cheeses, Fellstone and Farmhouse, have won a variety of awards and are available to buy across the country, including at Neil’s Yard in Covent Garden, London!

Tim Farron MP with the cheesemakers of Whin Yeats Dairy

Tom, Clare, Jenny & Dad with local MP, Tim Farron, at the opening of Whin Yeats Dairy.