More info about the farm
The farm is 270 acres. It is organic. 22 Hereford x Beef cows producing a calf in the Spring. The majority of the farm is grass. A steep sided farm in places on mainly the red land of Devon. An average rainfall of 35” -45 “ per annum with low rainfall in the summer months due to the fact that the farm is in the lee of Dartmoor and the Haldon Hills to the west of the farm.
The farm is split into 2 units with 170 acres here at West Town farm and 100 acres at the Barton, Shillingford Abbot. This lends itself quite well to having the calving herd at West Town and the youngstock and followers at the Barton.
The cows at present calve over a 4 month period from March 10 -July 10.
The youngstock are reared to produce enough 'fat cattle' to supply the farm shop and an irregular meat box. The older cows go to ABP Sturminster Newton.
There is a small herd of fattening pigs. 9 at present that are fattened to supply pork and sausages for the farm shop. Our sausages are very popular with customers.
Mob grazing is practised along with a rotational grazing system for the cattle. A grazing system also needs to be developed for pasture grazing the pigs and chickens. An electric fence system is used to manage the grazing of all the farm animals.
The farm is in a 5 year Stewardship (CSHT) Higher Tier with 25 educational visits/ year tagged onto it. It runs from January 2019 to December 2023. Being organic is part of this. There is a prescription to grow