Growing

Red Clover is grown across the farm, alongside White clover and Lucerne. These are grown with high sugar grasses, which make up the bulk of the silage produced. We house all of our cattle during winter, to protect them from the elements, protect the soil and also leave enough grazing for the sheep. We therefore need to grow enough grass in the summer months to store and ensile in order to feed all of our cattle during the winter months.

 

We grow all our own feed on the farm for both the cattle and the sheep. 

Red Clover is grown across the farm, alongside White clover and Lucerne.  These are grown with high sugar grasses, which make up the bulk of the silage produced.  We house all of our cattle during winter, to protect them from the elements, protect the soil and also leave enough grazing for the sheep.  We therefore need to grow enough grass in the summer months to store and ensile in order to feed all of our cattle during the winter months. 

We also grow protein forage crops including vetches, barley, oats and peas.  These are also ensiled as part of a whole crop.  We recently took part in a five year project which looked at the ability for farms such as our to produce sustainable forage protein on farm, rather than buying protein in.

Brassicas such as rape and kale are grown to finish our lambs on.

Oats are also grown and combined in order to provide extra energy for the finishing lambs, organic straw for the cows and overwintered stubble for the birds to feed on during the winter months.

We have planted over 6 kilometres of hedging on the farm and continue to plant more and more trees and hedges to improve the biodiversity.  With Barn owls, Lapwing, Curlew, Tree Sparrows and Grey Partridge amongst some of our birds we are continually looking at ways in which to farm in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

We have over 20 acres or floristically enhanced field margins to encourage the pollinators.  With those and all the flowering crops, especially the red clover, our farm has become a haven for visiting bees. We have a reed bed filtration system on the farm and areas dedicated to tree planting specifically to create a wildlife haven.

We are also fortunate enough to have red squirrels and are keen to keep them.  (Can you insert a video clip here?)