29 Nov Business Students on a Visit to…
We visited Churchfields Farm on the 24th of October 2019. We left around 12:45 and headed on our way to the farm, when we arrived, we were greeted by a lovely staff member that leaded us to the start of our experience. As we walked to the milking station, we saw the cows resting in the barn after they were just milked, when we reached the station, we had two members of staff give us a small tour and explain to us how the machinery was used. He explained to us how the cows went in and how they were milked then how the milk was pasturised and sent away.
After that, we were escorted to the place they make their unique ice cream and showed how it was done. The lady told us how much ice cream was made in a week and all the different flavours they have been requested to make, she told us all about the process and how important it was that the steps were followed precisely to make sure there wasn’t a mistake or contamination. We all found this very interesting and couldn’t wait to get around to trying it!
Later we got to see the machine that heated the whole farm and she told us about how expensive it was to purchase but how efficient it was for the farm. We got to see inside the furnace and see how wood was used to fuel it.
We got to see how they made their specialized salt from the brine water in Droitwich and how it was cured to make their end product, we got informed of who the salt goes to such as pubs and chefs and how they have imported salt to as far as Turkey. A staff member explained the long but rewarding process of making salt and how it made them unique from other dairy farms in the local area.
We were eventually invited to go and meet the calves, there were just over a dozen baby cows each with their own pen to stay in. The cows were extremely friendly and took a liking to some of our students by munching on their hi-vis’ and licking their hands. One cow was sucking on a student’s hand and accidentally bit her! Luckily as they are only babies it didn’t hurt.
Lastly we went inside to go enjoy some of their ice cream and speak to the staff about their business proposals, over all we all really enjoyed this trip and all the wonderful things we got to see there and are incredibly thankful to the staff that took us to the farm and the staff that made us feel welcome there.
By Cassie R. (Year 10) and Maeve R. (Year 10)