Nestled in the hills of St Saviours, Le Hechet is one of Guernsey's landmark farms belonging to Katherine and Julian Ogier. The farm has been operating since the 1950s when it was in fact run by Katherine's grandparents Harold and Dorris De Garis where they started with a small herd of 12 Guernseys.
From there, the business grew and was handed down to their son and daughter in law and Katherine's parents, Jim and Angela De Garis in the 1970s with a herd of 40. Although they are still active in managing the herd, Katherine and Julian took over Le Hechet in 1996 and have increased the herd size, once again to 80.
Having originally worked in finance when he returned to the island, Julian was keen to use his agricultural college qualifications and now with 80 cows across 300 vergees to manage, he admits he doesn't really have time to miss his desk job.
The pair have modernised the farm including investing in a computerised milking shed and providing mattresses for the cow shed but whilst looking to diversify the farm, 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's sisters Liz and Rachel manage the ice-cream side. They produce 200 litres every week on site using the milk from their own herds and now have a menu of 30 different flavours. The popular ice cream is supplied to local restaurants and hotels and at public events and fairs.
"Often we can pick the fruit my father-in-law 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.