CHESHIRE’S farmers have had to look to alternative ways to make money.
Farmers are opening shops, organising farm tours, building maize mazes, storing documents and creating adventure trails in a bid to keep themselves afloat.
Huw Rowlands of Grange Farm in Mickle Trafford has been running tours around his farm, which is funded by Natural England.
He had to give up dairy farming five years ago because it just wasn’t profitable.
Huw said: “We did our calculations and we were losing almost a penny on every pint we were producing.”
Ed Walley of Cotton Abbots farm who owns the adventure walk the Crocky Trail in Waverton said: “When I started the Crocky Trail I did it for the kids in the village and it was free for the first four years.
“It was after that I started to charge. It was then that the dairy industry went down hill.
“I can’t say I started the Crocky Trail to save the farm, but the Crocky Trail has saved it. Without it we would not have survived.”
Roy and Peter Willis, of Mouldsworth Hall Farm, run a document storage company, called Box-it.
Peter said: “When we started 12 years ago we didn’t think it would be as important as it is. But now it is vital.
“Farmers do their best to help themselves and if this means looking for alternative ways to make money they will do it.”