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4th July 2019

​NEPO supplier gives local children hands-on experience at a dairy farm

Embleton Hall Dairies, a supplier on NEPO’s solution for Milk & Dairy Products, has invited children to learn about the journey of their milk ‘from grass to glass’ as part of National Dairy Month.

Three groups of 30 primary-school children from across the North East received an exclusive tour of The Village Farm, Morden, which is a working dairy farm. They were shown how the farmers milk their cows using digitised, robotic milking machines, met the animals on the farm, and participated in a dairy-related activity trail. In the afternoon, the groups then travelled to the dairy at Embleton Hall Farm to see yoghurt being made, milk being tested and bottled, and everything being packaged ready to take to retailers.

The schools attended the special events after winning a region-wide competition to dream up a design for their ideal milkshake. With many creative and colourful entries to the competition, the winners of the competition were Hedworth Primary School, St Bede’s Primary School, South Shields, and Ingleton C of E Primary School.

Marie Bartup, Procurement Officer at NEPO said:

“NEPO is committed to ensuring that social value benefits are realised across all of our procurement solutions, and this is a great example of how suppliers can add value to local communities as part of their delivery of public sector contracts. Well done to all the pupils who took part in the competition, and huge thanks to Embleton Hall Dairies for an enjoyable event.”

Paul Thompson, Director of Embleton Hall Dairies, commented:

“Knowing and trusting where your food comes from and how it is produced is extremely important to us and we thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the children to the farm and our dairy. We wanted to give them a unique “hands on” experience of a working dairy farm and to give them a true insight into how their milk is produced.

The children have been an absolute delight throughout and if the visits have been as rewarding for them as they have been for us, then this has been a tremendously worthwhile experience for everyone, which we look forward to repeating next year.”

Paul Thompson, owner of Embleton Hall Dairies, and Neil Peacock, joined by children from Ingleton C of E Primary School for an educational visit at Morden Village Farm.