Brue Valley Farms
It was with a heavy heart that last year we closed the doors on our Cheese factory for the final time. After 60 years producing it was a difficult decision to cease production but the Farmhouse Cheddar market had changed so much it was no longer viable for us to continue.
Not a family to be too disheartened, we dusted ourselves off & threw all our energies into nuturing our Butter business, perfecting our Cow's milk mozzarella & looking after our dairy herd to contiue producing wonderful milk. This has been aided by the help of our dedicated staff hose skill set complements the family's efforts.
This combined sense of purpose has already started to reap rewards with our Butter business steadily growing and scooping four awards recently at the Bath & West of England Show
Meet the team
The senior director, Bob Clapp, is nearly 16 years older than his brother Simon; his son Rob is only 11 years younger than his uncle, so the family has a well spaced natural hierarchy which seems to have bypassed some of the tensions which often occur in family businesses.
Their skills and abilities complement each other: Simon has a solid Seale Hayne background in Agricultural Management, and vast experience developed in cheese and butter making and selling; Rob’s Environmental Science degree from Birmingham University, combines with his experience within the farm and dairy herd, and a good financial understanding.
With Bob nearing retirement, he can be confident that the two younger directors are well placed to take the business through the next challenges.
Louise, Bob’s wife and Company Secretary, took a sideways step from her career in education after their marriage to run the farm office, organising accounts, farm records, audits and opinionated men instead of lesson plans and schoolchildren! Although still involved at Board level, Louise is content in the knowledge that the office is in safe hands, and now spends less time on site.