The Farm

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Pigs

We started our first herd of Large Black pigs, the UK's rarest pig breed, in summer 2020.

 

The pigs are happiest rooting and grazing and munching on windfall apples from our orchard.

 

They also enjoy eating a mix of our own farm-grown cereals; spelt, barley and oats, plus peas, which we mill on the farm so that we can be self reliant with their feed and confident that it doesn't contain any soya.

 

The pigs' rich and varied diet provides them with plenty of vitamins, minerals and fibre which produces top-quality, tasty and nutritious pork.

 

We are also getting some great manure for our compost!

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Lambs grazing a species-rich Herbal ley in late October 2019

Sheep

Herbal leys contain a diverse mixture of  mostly deep rooting grasses, legumes and herbs designed to benefit both sheep and soil health and don't require fertiliser or sprays.

The lambs benefit from eating a variety of deep rooting, vitamin rich plants and are frequently moved on to fresh pasture to keep them healthy.

Herbal leys are an important part of our arable rotation and are just one of the tools we are using to build healthier soils, sequester carbon, improve wildlife habitats and  produce nutritious food.

Cattle

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We've turned the clock back to a forgotten time when these ancient rare-breed White Park cattle once grazed our wild pastures.

 

The striking cattle with their white coats, black points, sweeping horns and dark eyes originate from a similar type of cattle found 2,000 years ago through much of Britain.

 

But in the early 19th Century herds had dwindled to just a dozen or so and these had mostly disappeared by the turn of the next century.

 

Registration programmes in the early 1900s and in 1973 brought back numbers from the brink to now more than 1,000 breeding cows in the UK.

 

We bought our first cattle in 2020, including a bull from the Cadzow bloodline, one of just four domestic herds left in Britain in 1946.

 

The cattle play an important role in regenerating our land through grazing.