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Welcome to John’s blog.

From memories on the farm to wise words on life; John’s blogs are best enjoyed with your feet up and a cup of tea in hand. John Clothier began his cheesemaking career at the age of five; his mother Ivy bringing him to the dairy ‘to keep him out of trouble’. John has put his years of experience to good use, devoting his life to the family farm and business that his parents started in the early 20th century. John continues to help his sons Richard and Tom and nephews Rog and Dave run the business to this day.

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Farm to Dairy

Most of my school holidays were spent doing what I loved best which was being out in the fields with the farmhands. In those days the farmhands worked in groups as all of the work was much more hands on…

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My Brother, Jim

The day I was born my brother Jim was already thirteen years old. By the time I can properly remember him he was sixteen years old and was already an accomplished hand milker, tractor driver, general farm hand and Dads…

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Tom’s Ten

When my dad Tom took responsibility for our family farm (Hill House Farm) in Wyke Champflower, the farm was quite small only consisting of 66 acres and 33 fields. As you can guess, there were many fields of…

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My Dad Tom, Top Class Trader

Going to market with my dad (Tom) was always among my favourite things to do, as I could learn so much from a top-class trader such as he. He could always manage to make that little bit more…

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