Farming as a family
Our farming story begins with William Henry Littler, around the time of the second world war. William returned from his service in the RAF and became a farm baliff. This was the term used for a farm manager. William supervised 10 milk maids milking 130 cows by hand!
In 1957 William moved from Saughall to Backford and started his own dairy herd. Starting out with just 7 cows. He continued to expand the farm and his two sons, Bill and David became dairy farmers too.
Bill moved to Acres farm, the home of Backford Belles, with his new wife Mary in 1971 and milked 250 black and white friesian cows alongside his brother David. In subsequent years, Bill's children, Mark and Ruth joined the family business after returning from university.
Approximately 10 years ago the herd was expanded to include 40 jersey cows. It is the milk from these cows which is used to make our ice cream so rich and creamy.
In 2009 Ruth, Mary and Mark set up Backford Belles Ice cream and have been making yummy Ice cream in the sandstone buildings at Acres farm ever since.
In the summer of 2016 our shop was expanded to include a small coffee shop and toddler area.
OUR LITTLE FACTORY
It's what's on the inside that counts
We use milk from our very own Jersey herd to make our luxury ice cream. Using our own milk ensures we know exactly where it has come from and we can be sure the welfare of the cows producing our milk is excellent. All of our jersey cows are raised from calves here on the farm, where they stay and will one day have calves of their own.
Our cows are milked daily and the milk is taken directly from the milking parlour to our small production area where it is pasteurised and turned into tasty ice cream within hours.
All of our products are made here on the farm by company director, Mark and our assistant manager Nicky.
Our Jersey milk is the finest quality and as it has a higher fat and protein content than regular milk it is perfect for turning into a premium product for shop customers and fine restaurants.