Tali Eichner (Plaw Hatch Farm) Membership Secretary
Tali runs the dairy processing at Old Plaw Hatch Farm, a biodynamic, community-owned mixed farm in Sussex. Tali has worked with raw milk for 9 years, and benefits from the farm’s 50 year history of producing and selling raw milk. The Plaw Hatch herd consists of 35 MRI (Meuse Rhine Issel) milking cows, with some Monbeliarde and Danish Red crosses plus followers and a Sussex bull. Calves are mostly reared on for beef on the farm. Being biodynamic, Plaw Hatch operates a closed herd and produces its own feed for the milking herd. The farm also keeps sheep, sows, laying hens, and has a butchery and market garden and sells most of its produce through the farm shop. About a third of the milk produced is sold as raw milk, and the rest is made into a wide range of yoghurts, cheeses, cream and kefir, processed on a small scale on the farm. Tali studied biodiversity conservation and is motivated by environmental and social sustainability in agriculture as well as producing nutritious food. She is excited about the increasing interest in raw milk and the potential of the industry. Tali has a fascination with the microscopic life in milk, and is particularly enthusiastic about sharing ideas and knowledge with other producers and processors.