A Shrophire vicar has drawn up a special service for blessing a milking parlour – and it has now been adopted across the country.
The Rev Shirley Small, of St George’s parish, Pontesbury, was asked to devise the service by a dairy farmer in her congregation.
The farmer, who does not want to be named, wanted his new milking parlour to be blessed before it opened.
Mrs Small held an informal service at the parlour where she gave thanks for the animals, farm staff, the machines and the expertise that went into producing the new equipment.
The service has now been published by the Church of England’s national rural office for use across the country.