Tom and Karen Halton are dairy farmers based in Cheshire, milking 530 ProCross cows (a three-way cross made up of Viking Red, Montbeliarde and Holstein) with 300 heifers currently waiting to enter the herd on a 240ha (593-acre) tenanted dairy farm in Astbury, Cheshire.
In 2016 they set up The Milkshack on their farm, selling raw milk from a vending machine. They now also sell pasteurised milk, milkshakes, cheese, eggs, cakes, butter and many other goodies.
Tom is passionate about animal welfare and educating the general public on dairy farming behind the scenes, running farm tours for schools, colleges, universities, Cubs, Scouts and other outside organisations. He is also very engaged in how best to attract and retain staff into farming businesses.
Tom and Karen have previously been an AHDB Strategic Farm as well as active members of the Crewe discussion group and the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy.