Our animals have complete traceability from field to shop, and are reared under the highest standards of welfare by stockmen with a lifetime of experience. This type of mixed farm, with its diverse range of enterprises complementing each other, is a dying breed, as many farms have been forced to streamline their operations or become more specialised in a modern world.
The farm runs three flocks of sheep. The first is a flock of Poll Dorset ewes. Traditionally, the Dorsets are used so we can celebrate Easter with 'new spring lamb' as it is one of the few breeds able to lamb out of their usual season. We lamb this flock at Christmas, enabling us to provide the shop at the right time.
The second of our flocks lamb, when there's lots of young, succulent grass for both the milking ewes and growing lambs. These Hampshire Down sheep produce lambs that fatten well on this spring grass, whilst our Suffolks will produce lambs ready later in the season.