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A lot of research was done before deciding on liquid milk processing and retailing.


pasteurising everything we produce and buying in from First Milk during busy periods,” explains Rhys.


In the beginning local, independent milkmen who were frustrated with big dairies were easily persuaded to use Tanglwyst milk. Rhys found this easy to set up as far as admin was concerned and it helped to increase the volume being sold initially.


“There were many sleepless nights in the beginning with teething problems. It is just one step up the supply chain, but it is a totally different world. It was new for everyone, the suppliers of the machines came to stay for the first few days to help us get going.


“At the start the set up was fairly basic and not hugely technical, but as production increased we’ve had to invest in new facilities to keep pace.


After 18 months of manual filling and labelling the move was made to automatic,” explains Rhys.


At about the same time Dairy Farmers of Britain went in to liquidation, it had been supplying a lot of local businesses so opportunities opened to increase the business. Milk is now distributed 25 miles east and west of the farm, with the farm’s location between Cardiff and Swansea location making it well suited to serving these large, local markets.


“It was a busy time, but it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Having had 18 months to get established we were able to cope with the growth and this also meant an increase in staff. We were able to take on local skilled workers with processing experience after 300 jobs


were lost at the creamery in Bridgend.”


The processing and retailing side of the business employs a total 12 staff; a mixture of full and part time employees with half of them in production and half delivery drivers. “We’ve benefited the local economy making jobs with many of the staff able to walk and cycle to work,” adds Rhys.


And, while the family received


Welsh Government grant funding initially, the wages paid to employees now far outweighs the initial grant. To keep things as simple as possible, the production area is built in an adapted steel framed shed as close to the parlour as possible, with milk pumped over to a silo and antibiotic tests run daily. Work on both the farm and processing sides of the business is pretty much


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