Errington Cheese is a small, family-run farm and cheese company started by Humphrey Errington in the early 1980’s and now run by his daughter Selina Cairns. They moved from Dumfriesshire to Lanarkshire in 1981, running as a mixed farming enterprise of beef cattle and sheep. Founder Humphrey Errington started looking at ways of diversifying and became interested in sheep milking and ewes milk cheese because of the ancient tradition of this activity in the upper Clyde area, and because it offered the chance to add value to the farm product and be free of dependence on government subsidies.
Cheese making began in 1983 on a small scale and now the farming enterprise is geared to the need for ewes’ milk in order to keep up with the growing demand for the cheese. Because the sheep milking in the winter months is not a practical possibility in Scotland, in the late 1980’s we began buying in cows’ milk to keep us busy in the winter. This inaugurated the range of cows’ milk cheeses, still of traditional local types.
They farm as extensively and naturally as possible, the sheep lamb early in the year and dry off at the end of August, they are fed on a grass based diet with the addition of parlour nuts during milking. The Goats kid several times a year so they are able to produce goats milk cheese all year round.
The farm is home to 300 Dairy Lacaune ewes and 100 Dairy Goats (mixture of Saanen, Toggenburg and Alpine) ands produces a selection of award winning Sheep and Goats milk cheese including Corra Linn 'Best Scottish Cheese' at the World cheese awards last year and our original Lanark Blue.