Being a small family run business, we get to know our animals, some by name, some by number, each and every one is important to us.
Our grazing animals are fed on local herb-rich pasture within a ten mile radius of the farm, with the majority entered into environmental stewardship schemes. This means that minimal pesticides and artificial fertilizers are applied to the land and the habitat is nurtured to encourage wildlife diversity.
Our Suckler herd of cattle is made up of traditional Hereford cows for their strong maternal instincts matched up with top class British Blue bulls, to give very strong beef calves. Our beef is hung for a minimum of two weeks to allow the meat to mature and maximise the eating quality. We are currently breeding some replacement cattle from Simmental bulls.
During the winter months the cattle are housed, feeding on hay and fodder beet grown on the farmland supplemented by a cereal ration using local grain. The sheep are out throughout the winter on home grown stubble turnips before lambing outside in April and returning to pasture on lush spring grass. All of this leads to a fully traceable system.
Our calves roam free with their mothers until around eight months of age when they are weaned and fed on a diet of hay, rolled barley and fodder beet.
Our lamb is from our extensively grazed flock of Berrichon and Mule ewes which we cross with our Beltex rams to give a well conformed, lean, lamb perfect for the consumer market. We are currently breed all our replacement ewes giving us a almost totally closed flock to maintain total control of health and welfare of our animals.
The lambs stay with their mothers for several months before being weaned either onto turnips or onto grass supplemented with our home grown feeds.
Both our livestock and arable farm are run in accordance with the EFSIS Farm Assurance Standards which means we undergo routine inspections from an independent body to ensure the industry standards are maintained and exceeded.