How It All Began


Arthur Hosier commenced dairying with a Portable Outfit in 1922. He looked for a new way for milk to be produced, cheaply, cleanly, and naturally.



Rex Paterson started milking cows using the system developed by Arthur Hosier. Rex Paterson started milking with a bail in 1928 by milking the cows himself and built up a farming empire which came to include up to 10,000 acres and 4,000 dairy cows. He was a source of inspiration to younger innovative farmers in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Rex Paterson


Tom and Neil met at Seale Hayne Faculty, University of Plymouth, Devon.

Tom and Neil at college


Tom and Neil decide to go into business together and purchase their first group of calves to build their future dairy herd.



After many attempts to find a farm to milk their cows, Tom and Neil were delighted to obtain the tenancy of Longlands Farm, Littlebredy, Dorchester.

Map of farm


Milking commenced at Longlands Farm.

Hosiers in modern day


The Open Dairy Brand was launched.

The Open Dairy product