Alick farms in partnership with his brother David, and together with four full-time staff they manage 185 dairy cows and 160 youngstock. The herd is a mixture of Viking Red cross, Friesian cross and Holstein cross, a combination which has evolved to help herd fertility and longevity. Their milk is supplied to OMSCO.
Prior to becoming organic in 2007 the Hendrys conducted a whole farm review with SAC. The farm was doing well, but it was decided that going organic would help them do even better.
During the farm's transition to organic, milk production dropped from an average of 9,500 litres to around 7,500 litres per lactation. Productivity has since recovered and the farm now produces an average of around 9,000 litres of milk per lactation.
The Hendrys also grow around 240 acres of cereals to feed the herd, along with some grass, and rear organic store lambs over the winter for fattening.