The Home of Pedigree Coffee!
The next time you find yourself driving into Gwaenysgor and having to sit in the car for several minutes waiting for the dairy cows to cross the road, just think about the fact that you’re privileged to be watching a pedigree herd, and that some of those cows making their stately progress from field to farm are, in fact, pure bred cattle, their history going back over 2 centuries and to other countries where the breed first originated.
From their source at the three rivers Meuse, Rhine and Issel, and known as “MRI” for short, these cattle come from a combined Belgian, Dutch and German background and were introduced into the UK by the Shorthorn Society in order to improve their bloodline and eradicate problems of in-breeding. 4th generation are classed as pedigree with 6 generations producing pure bred stock.
Ty Isa farm has been run by the Wright family since 1946. It is now the only dairy farm inthe village, with 370 milking at any one time, and the cows graze on land which was formerly 9 separate farms. The existing dual purpose herd of 600 are all home-bred, with the exception of three bought in bulls.
At 2 weeks old, calves are kept together in groups which bond them for life – they will stay in these groups when grazing and milking.
There is one more very significant feature about the milk produced by this herd: the cows from Ty Isa produce a high quality milk which, unlike organic milk, froths WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ADDITIVES.
The next time you are enjoying a nice cup of frothy coffee in a Marks and Spencer Coffee Shop consider this: the milk in your cappuccino could well be from Ty Isa, one of only 6 farms from which South Caernarfon Creameries collect the milk daily for onward sale to Marks and Spencer.