The family farm celebrates Christmas with festive ice cream

A farm in CHESHIRE has made history as it prepares to welcome visitors to a winter wonderland complete with reindeer, Santa and festive flavored ice cream.

A Lineback heifer in Bidlea gave birth to twins.

This rare breed originated in America in the 18th century.

Farmer Adam Brown said: “He has a white line down his back and looks like a Dalmatian.

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“It is rare for cattle to give birth to twins and we have two completely different calves. It is a unique dairy breed.

“We introduced 15 cows to our herd of 350 Holstein Fresians five years ago.

Knutsford Guardian: Bidlea Dairy has a herd of 350 Hostein Fresian animalsBidlea Dairy has a Hostein Fresian herd of 350 (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“There is no other farm with them in Cheshire.”

Heifer Addictive Judith gave birth to twin girls Cocoa Brown and Rose Jacqueline a few weeks ago.

Knutsford Guardian: Rich cream and premium milk from their Holstein Fresian herd is used to make their award-winning ice creamRich cream and premium milk from their Holstein Fresian herd is used to make their award-winning ice cream. (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“We have our own Bidlea Agricentre here and hope they make their debut at the Cheshire Show,” said Adam, 35.

“The twins will be a special attraction.”

Knutsford Guardian: Ray and Gill Brown run Bidlea Dairy with their sons Adam and Ryan and their families and friendsRay and Gill Brown run Bidlea Dairy with their sons Adam and Ryan and their families and friends (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

The Brown family, who run Bidlea Dairy at Orchard Farm in Tremlow, have been successful in various other innovative ventures.

Knutsford Guardian: Ray and Gill Brown with their familyRay and Gill Brown with their family (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

Adam and his wife Becky have won four gold medals in international competition just six months after they started making ice cream during lockdown.

The dairy offers 24 different varieties of ice cream.

Knutsford Guardian: Christmas pudding ice cream is one of the new festive flavorsChristmas pudding ice cream is among the new festive flavors (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

The team is now experimenting with a range of new festive flavors including Christmas pudding, Baileys and white sauce.

Knutsford Guardian: Baileys ice cream is another Christmas ice cream in the makingBaileys ice cream is another Christmas ice cream in the making (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

Snowflake, made with white chocolate and Ferrero Rocher, is already a great success.

Knutsford Guardian: Santa's grotto to open soon at Bidlea DairySanta’s Grotto will open soon at Bidlea Dairy (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“We’ll be doing more shortly,” Adam said. “We are planning a winter wonderland with a big marquee filled with stalls, wreath making, face painting and Christmas trees all under one roof.

Knutsford Guardian: Georgia Whyte with ice cream as Christmas trees soon to be availableGeorgia Whyte with an ice cream because the Christmas trees will be available soon (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“We’re going to roast marshmallows on a big fire pit with a safety ring around it.

Knutsford Guardian: children can visit a nurseryChildren can visit a nursery (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“It’s exciting. We have to keep trying to find new ways to get things done with all of our skyrocketing costs.

Knutsford Guardian: Family prepare to open winter wonderland with selection of Christmas trees The family prepares to open a winter wonderland with a selection of Christmas trees (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“Everything has increased.”

A new coffee lounge extension has opened to accommodate more visitors.

Knutsford Guardian: children can visit the reindeerChildren can visit the reindeer (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

Fresh milk and a variety of dairy products are now available 24 hours a day from a vending machine.

Knutsford Guardian: a variety of dairy products are available 24 hours a day from a vending machineA variety of dairy products are available 24 hours a day from a vending machine (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“We offer fudge, butter, cheese, eggs, potatoes, and everyday produce 24/7,” Adam said.

“It really takes off. My dad milks at 2:30 a.m. and often sees people calling on the way to work or after a night shift.

Knutsford Guardian: milk is pumped via an overhead line directly from the milking parlor to the pasteurizer The milk is pumped by an overhead line directly from the milking parlor to the pasteurizer (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“We are open at all hours.”

Adam’s brother Ryan and his wife Becky, both 29, look after the herd while Adam and his wife Becky, 30, and their parents Ray and Jill look after the dairy, with other family members and friends.

The family has just won the Farm Innovation Award at the Cheshire Farms Competition.

Knutsford Guardian: Bidlea Dairy won agricultural innovation award at Cheshire Farms CompetitionBidlea Dairy won the Farm Innovation Award at the Cheshire Farms Competition (Image: Bidlea Dairy)

“We are very proud of our team and everyone who helped us achieve our dream,” said Adam.

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