Le Hechet Farm

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The Ogiers

Nestled in the hills of St Saviours, Le Hechet is one of Guernsey's landmark farms and belongs to Katherine and Julian Ogier.

The farm has been operating since the 1950s when it was run by Katherine's grandparents, Harold and Doris De Garis who started with a small herd of 12 Guernseys.

From there, the business grew and when it was handed down to Katherine's parents, Jim and Angela De Garis in the 1970s, it had a herd of 40 cows. Although they still help manage the herd, Katherine and Julian took over Le Hechet themselves in 1996 and have increased the herd size, once again to 80 cows across 300 vergees of fields.

The pair have modernised the farm including investing in a computerised milking shed and providing mattresses for the cow shed.

Having originally worked in finance when he returned to the island, Julian was keen to use his agricultural college qualifications.

"I don't really have time to miss my old desk job..."  

A while back, Julian spotted a commercial ice-cream maker in Farmer's Weekly magazine and before he knew it 'Le Hechet Farm Ice-Cream' was born.

A family venture once again, Katherine and her sister Rachel jointly manage the ice-cream side, producing a 200 litres every week from a menu of 30 flavours on site using Guernsey dairy. The popular ice cream is supplied to local restaurants and hotels and at public events and fayres.

"Often we can pick the fruit my father-in-law, Jim grows so we can make everything from Peach to Apricot and even Plum ice cream," said Julian.

Aside from when they're selling at local events, you will spot the De Garis and Ogiers every summer at the North Show where they enter a family float in the battle of flowers parade.

 

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