© 2017 Free Range Dairy Farmers

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon

Milk & Honey

February 8, 2018

A couple of years ago, around the time we Pasture Promise accredited, the farm became a host for 20 honey beehives in return for a free supply of honey. They are located in a south facing corner of the farm, which is sheltered and easily accessible for the local beekeepers to tend to them.


Grazing leys are primarily made up of different species of grass, which are wind pollinated, and white clover which is insect pollinated. White clover is a favourite with honey bees, as the nectar is easily accessible for their short tongues. We have also tried to introduce red clover into our silage leys, which is more suitable for bumble bees, with their longer tongues.


Like many other free range farms, the cows move around the farm on a rotational grazing system, where paddocks are grazed down and then left for a few weeks.  This is great for the bees as there is always clover in different stages of its growth cycle, providing a continuous supply of nectar.


The environmental benefits which bees provide are well documented, and being a host has played a part of increasing the biodiversity of the farm.  With the cows and the honey bees foraging the same pastures, the land now provides two fantastic natural products in milk and honey.




Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Recent Posts

October 11, 2019

May 16, 2019

November 27, 2018

October 18, 2018

August 15, 2018

April 18, 2018

March 13, 2018

February 8, 2018

January 20, 2018

Please reload

Please reload

Follow Us