A Milkman and a farmer for most of my career, I’m now able to spend more time with the cows on the farm while Joe takes care of the milk rounds. Hopefully another of my children will come and help with the cows then I can spend more time watching the Rugby!

My name is April, now that my four children have flown the nest my favourite past-time is going to visit them working overseas. I’m a whizz at the company books and in my spare time I love restoring property.

I’m the second eldest of four children, having failed to become an internationally renowned sheepdog trainer with Bess, I’m now responsible for marketing the produce from the farm. In my spare time I enjoy studying innovative farming practices overseas and I’m proud to be an Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University Management School.

Our herd is made up of the Black and White Holstein Friesian breed which has become synonymous with the rolling hills of the Great British countryside, particularly where we are; squeezed between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland. They enjoy a diet of luscious grass, maize and wheat, which helps them make our delicious milk.

Welcome to Lune Valley Dairy. Our farm in Farleton is nestled in the heart of the Lune Valley where we have been farming for three generations. As a family farming business, caring for our cows and beautiful landscape is at the core of what we do, as well as producing traceable and delicious dairy products for local people to enjoy.

Our Products

  • Fresh pasteurised Skimmed milk has nearly all the cream skimmed off leaving just 0.1g fat and 34 calories per 100ml; it’s brilliant for those watching their weight.

    Available sizes:
    500ml    •   1 Litre   •   2 Litres

    Nutrition Information (Typical Values per 100ml)
    ENERGY 148kj/35kcals
    FAT 0.3g
    of which saturates 0.1g
    CARBOHYDRATE 4.9g
    of which sugars 4.9g
    PROTEIN 3.6g
    SALT* 0.1g
    CALCIUM 129mg/16% NRV

    NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
    *The salt in this product is from naturally occurring sodium
    ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains Cows’ Milk
    Keep Refrigerated Below 5˚C
    Once opened use within 3 days

    Nutrition Information
    (Typical Values per 100ml)
    Nutrition Information (Typical Values per 100ml)
    ENERGY 148kj/35kcals
    FAT 0.3g
    of which saturates 0.1g
    CARBOHYDRATE 4.9g
    of which sugars 4.9g
    PROTEIN 3.6g
    SALT* 0.1g
    CALCIUM 129mg/16% NRV

    NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
    *The salt in this product is from naturally occurring sodium
    ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains Cows’ Milk
    Keep Refrigerated Below 5˚C
    Once opened use within 3 days

  • Our fresh pasteurised Semi-Skimmed milk has half of the cream skimmed off leaving just 1.7g fat and 49 calories per 100ml.

    Available sizes:
    500ml    •   1 Litre   •   2 Litres

    Nutrition Information (Typical Values per 100ml)
    ENERGY 201kj/47kcals
    FAT 1.8g
    of which saturates 1.1g
    CARBOHYDRATE 4.8g
    of which sugars 4.8g
    PROTEIN 3.6g
    SALT* 0.1g
    CALCIUM 124mg/15.5% NRV

    NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
    *The salt in this product is from naturally occurring sodium
    ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains Cows’ Milk
    Keep Refrigerated Below 5˚C
    Once opened use within 3 days

    Nutrition Information
    (Typical Values per 100ml)
    Nutrition Information (Typical Values per 100ml)
    ENERGY 201kj/47kcals
    FAT 1.8g
    of which saturates 1.1g
    CARBOHYDRATE 4.8g
    of which sugars 4.8g
    PROTEIN 3.6g
    SALT* 0.1g
    CALCIUM 124mg/15.5% NRV

    NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
    *The salt in this product is from naturally occurring sodium
    ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains Cows’ Milk
    Keep Refrigerated Below 5˚C
    Once opened use within 3 days

  • Our fresh pasteurised Whole milk has 3.5g fat and 64 calories per 100ml for a creamy, satisfying taste. Great for all the family.

    Available sizes:
    500ml    •   1 Litre   •   2 Litres

    Nutrition Information (Typical Values per 100ml)
    ENERGY 282kj/68kcals
    FAT 4.0g
    of which saturates 2.6g
    CARBOHYDRATE 4.7g
    of which sugars 4.7g
    PROTEIN 3.4g
    SALT* 0.1g
    CALCIUM 122mg/15% NRV

    NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
    *The salt in this product is from naturally occurring sodium
    ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains Cows’ Milk
    Keep Refrigerated Below 5˚C
    Once opened use within 3 days

    Nutrition Information
    (Typical Values per 100ml)
    Nutrition Information (Typical Values per 100ml)
    ENERGY 282kj/68kcals
    FAT 4.0g
    of which saturates 2.6g
    CARBOHYDRATE 4.7g
    of which sugars 4.7g
    PROTEIN 3.4g
    SALT* 0.1g
    CALCIUM 122mg/15% NRV

    NRV = Nutrient Reference Values
    *The salt in this product is from naturally occurring sodium
    ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains Cows’ Milk
    Keep Refrigerated Below 5˚C
    Once opened use within 3 days

Our History

Swipe across to read about the history of our farm, from my Great Grandad to the modern day Lune Valley Dairy.

Great Grandad working the land with his horses

1940

Before moving to Brades Farm in Farleton, generations of the Towers family had farmed all over the Lune Valley as far back as you could wish to explore.

Camp House Farm, next door to Brades Farm, My Grandad’s first love and now sheep and beef farm run by my Dad’s cousin Robert and his daughter Josie.

1950

My family have been farming dairy cows at Brades Farm in the heart of the Lune Valley since April 1960, the month that my Grandad Richard married my Grandma Elizabeth. They moved across the road from Camp House Farm and were soon joined by four baby boys.

Grandma and Grandad's Wedding day

Farming dairy cows at Brades Farm was a new adventure which was not without its challenges including the notorious Wray flood in August 1967 which swept through the valley. Fortunately Grandad was able to keep all the cows safe!

“On the night of the floods the farleton beck, which runs at the side of my farm, changed it's course and flooded us”

1967

One Evening Grandad attended the Aughton Farmers Club Dinner Dance across the valley and made a drunken deal to purchase a local doorstep milk round; this was much to the dismay of my Grandma who had not been consulted!

1970

Fun on the farm!

Fashionable future farmers

After returning from the Merchant Navy my Uncle Chris took on the milk round  from my Grandfather and began to pasteurise milk and cream in what we now call ‘the old dairy’ across from the farmhouse. Chris started selling milk in plastic bottles which helped him to build up sales in Lancaster as well as the glass bottles destined for the doorstep.

1980's

Uncle Chris in the Old Dairy

Chris’ ambitions had grown and he now owned the Butchers shop in Hornby as well as his milk round. Working around the clock and with two young children in tow he decided to sell the milk business to his eldest brother, my dad, John, so that he could focus on his Butchers shop.


John was now a married dairy farmer with children of his own and having the milk processing and retailing business secured his income from the milk.

Kids in the Hay

Hornby Butchers

Joe and Bess

1990's

In 2013, I came home to help manage the retail business and he decided to rebrand the company from Brades Farm Dairy to Lune Valley Dairy Farm in order to make more of the family and farms heritage in the area.

2000's
TODAY

Our Herd

  • Our animals graze on luscious pasture...

    Working closely with the RSPCA, we are proud of our commitment to animal welfare, so you can be confident about the way we look after our animals. Our animals graze on luscious pasture, giving them the freedom to express their natural behaviour.

    Developed by the RSPCA and advocated by Compassion in World Farming, the Freedom Food logo has become the benchmark for keeping farm animals happy. Although less than 1% of the British beef, sheep and dairy herd are produced under Freedom Food welfare standards you can rest assured that John and the team at Lune Valley Dairy Farm are continuing to ensure all their cows enjoy a Freedom Food lifestyle.

  • STRAIGHT FROM OUR FARM TO OUR CUSTOMERS

    At Lune Valley Dairy Farm we specialise in producing high quality, milk products from our own dairy herd.

    Consumers today are increasingly concerned about the origin of the food they buy. They want to buy fresh, healthy food that has been produced by careful, sustainable agricultural methods, maintaining the natural beauty of the countryside and habitat for wildlife.

    That's why people are rediscovering small, traditional suppliers like us, who sell locally produced food at competitive prices, in line with time-honoured farming methods.

  • environmentally sustainable farming practices

    At Lune Valley Dairy Farm, we observe the most environmentally sustainable farming practices, ensuring that we can safeguard our natural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

    We are highly aware of our responsibility to ensure that our animals don't have a damaging effect on the environment, and we are actively involved in environmental regeneration activities in the Lune Valley area.

Where To Buy

Our milk is available in stores across Lancaster, Morecambe and the Lune Valley, you can also sample our milk in use in many other locations across the North West.

Interested in stocking Lune Valley products? We’d love to hear from you!

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