Welcome to Grey Leys

A Family-Run Dairy Farm

Grey Leys Farm is situated in Elvington, ten miles from York, UK.

We are a family-run dairy farm, milking 240 pedigree Jersey cows, with 170 youngstock, on 150 hectares (420 acres). Find out more about our cows.

David Shaw, a fourth-generation farmer, established the herd in 1968 with 13 heifers from a dispersal sale in Totnes, Devon. He and his wife, Anne, were married in 1972 and have developed the herd over 50 years together.

David and Anne have a son, Robert, and a daughter, Helen, who now manages the farm.

We are Red Tractor Farm Assured and are very proud of our high welfare and environment standards. All our cows are treated as individuals and given the freedom to express natural behaviours. After all, happy cows make the most delicious milk.

Quality Jersey Milk

Our Jersey milk is around 6% fat and 4% protein, and is sold to Longley Farm, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, where it is used to make various products including butter, cream, yoghurt and cottage cheese.

We also pasteurise our own milk on the farm, which can be purchased directly through our vending machine on the Rydal Garage forecourt in Elvington. Large quantities can also be catered for and we are able to deliver to coffee shop, hotels, farm shops, pubs and restaurants in York and the surrounding area.

Please visit our milk pages for more details.

David Shaw has been President of the Jersey Cattle Society of the UK and Chairman of the North East Regional Dairy Board of the National Farmers’ Union. He is also on the board of Quality Milk Producers.

David has been interviewed on BBC Breakfast, BBC Look North, Sky News, BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme.

We usually have stock for sale so please visit our sales page or contact us for more details.

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