Lynher Dairies

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  • Lynher Dairies make Yarg Cornish Cheese. Yarg was one of the first speciality cheeses to come onto the British market following the war. The cheese was made from the milk of the Lynher herd of Holstein /Friesian cows.

    Yarg Cornish Cheese was first made by Alan and Jenny Gray in Withiel near Liskeard on the edge of Bodmin Moor. In 1984 they sold the recipe to Michael and Margaret Horrell who farmed at Netherton Farm, Upton Cross also near Bodmin.

    The business steadily grew and in 1995 Catherine Mead joined the Horrells family. The Mead family were also farming in West Cornwall and interested in farm diversification. When the Horrells retired, a new dairy was built near Catherine’s home at Ponsanooth in 2001. All production moved there in 2006. It’s not just the cheese that wins accolades the dairy building has one too, a coveted RIBA award.



    Netherton Farm and beyond

    At Lynher we now process two and a half million litres of carefully selected Cornish milk. Hand pick three tonnes of nettle and wild garlic leaves. And produce more than 250 tonnes of cheese a year.

    By industry standards, that puts Lynher in the small-scale dairy bracket. But at the same time, we are a large employer in a rural area. Our responsibility as such is proven by the majority of our employees coming from dairy’s immediate catchment area of Falmouth, Stithians, and the Camborne/Pool area.

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