From 1914 when the Felton Cheese factory was built, until around 1940, nearly every farm in the district was a dairy farm, milking 10-30 head by hand. Today there are only a handful of dairies left around Felton, but they are fully mechanised and the cows are ‘milking machines’ churning out over 4 million litres of milk per year. Dairying is a specialised industry requiring a thorough understanding of feed requirements for the milking herd. Dairy farmers will plant grazing crops of oats or forage sorghum, but also rely on grain, hay and silage to keep the milk flowing. 

Some of the 2017 Festival stallholders showcasing end products using Dairy that can be produced in Felton are: