Hesper Farm Skyr complete major expansion

The first farm in Britain to produce an Icelandic-style super yoghurt has completed a major expansion to keep up with demand.

Hesper Farm Skyr, based at Bell Busk near Malham, began producing skyr, a super-nutritious yoghurt which is a staple across Scandinavia in 2015, using milk from their pedigree herd in the Yorkshire Dales.

The skyr, which is produced onsite in a purpose-built dairy by the Moorhouse family has proven so popular that the family run business have now expanded the system to enable them increase capacity by ten-fold.  The dairy will now be able to produce at least 12 tons a week – with scope to significantly increase capacity again in the future.

Sam Moorhouse, who started the now award winning business, learnt the age-old techniques of making skyr in Iceland where he was trained by skyr master Thorarinn Sveinsson.  He late welcomed Thorarinn back to the farm to ensure the new equipment was producing the best possible product.

The award winning business who recently added a Great Taste Award to their list of accolades, use four times as much milk to produce their product as is used in an equivalent pot of traditional plain yoghurt. This means it’s incredibly thick and beautifully creamy, contains no fat, is low in sugar but high in protein and calcium making it an incredibly healthy option.

Sam said: “Thorarinn has been instrumental in making sure we are producing top quality skyr here in the England. We use a heritage Icelandic skyr culture dating back 874AD and are proud to be producing a quality product.

Sam continued: “We’re excited about the possibilities that increased capacity can bring us.  Our two newest flavours – black cherry and raspberry are doing really well and we continue to get really positive feedback from our customers.”

Skyr is now available from farm shops and selected Booths supermarkets across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, as well as being distributed to cafes and restaurants across the country.  For more information visit www.hesperfarmskyr.co.uk

26 thoughts on “Hesper Farm Skyr complete major expansion

  1. Hi Sam,
    I have just finished watching your activities on TV ” Back to the Land” We wish you every success in expanding your business, no one really knows how hard it is to get started and progress into a viable business.
    You will succeed, of that we have no doubt.
    From New Zealand the land of milk and honey
    Cheers John and Helen Mc Fadzean

  2. I have been buying Hesper for the past couple of years whilst being on weight watchers and I lost over 3 stone. I absolutely love Hesper but am disappointed that you dont sell the strawberry one. Is this something u will produce again?

  3. I have been a fan ever since I saw you in Iceland finding out how to make Skyr. My supplier is Booths, Kendal and my favourite was black cherry. I found the other flavours almost rasteless. Then Booths stopped stocking it. I then found M&S were stocking the original Skyr from Icekand, Iskey or something similair. There flavours are strawberry and baked apple. A nice quite strong flavour. Then Booths stocked yours again. I tried the one with honey in and I am now eating the one with black cherries in. They are both a rather weak flavour and so, unfortunately, it’s back to M&S. Sorry about that. I am sad about the airmiles but you need to strenghten up the flavour.

  4. Is there anywhere one can by your products in West Midlands, Staffordshire area?

  5. Having just. Seen. Your farm. On the tv this afternoon about your. Yoghurt. Witch was really interesting I. Would. like to know. We’re we can. Purchase it in Northumberland. Hoping this is. Possible. I live in post code ne425en

  6. Where can I buy your fantastic yogurt?
    I live in post code areas WF15 or BD19.
    My favourite is the coffee one.
    Many Thanks
    Trish Bagshaw

  7. Hi Sam were can I get your products in Kent near Dartford seen the TV program and think you should be very proud of yourself well done and may you prosper Steve crayford Kent.

  8. Hey! It looks AMAZING! I’m a devotee of Skyr but I’m in Wiltshire! My fiance, however is in East Lincolnshire….. How far does he have to drive to buy (me) some, please?!

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