Nestled in the heart of Yorkshire is our farm. We are a mixed farm, with grassland, arable land and beef cattle.
On the grassland, we make silage (bales of preserved grass, for the cows’ winter feed), and keep a beef suckler herd; producing calves to either keep in our breeding herd or to sell at around a year old to other farms, to be finished for beef or to be breeding cows in their herds.
Most of our cows are a breed called Lincoln Reds, which we affectionatly call “The Red Elephants”. Many are also named with a name which suits their personality or appearance, like “Scruffy”. Our bulls are French breeds, a Limousin and a Bazadaise. Two breeds which are famed for their calves who are usually born easily, so we can be as hands-off as possible at calving time and leave the cows to do their jobs (whilst always watching them on the cctv, it’s like big brother!).
On our arable land we grow a range of crops, including:
- Wheat & Barley, for animal feed
- Oilseed rape, for rapeseed oil production
- Oats, for your porridge
- Linseed, for flax oil production
- Fodderbeet (similar to swedes), for animal feed
We also keep some chickens for eggs, although, most are geriatric now, so we’re currently having to buy our eggs! And to complete our menagerie there are, 2 alpacas (Hamish & Douglas, Mother’s Day presents for my mum and gran), a few horses, 2 mischievous Labradors and some cats, including feral ones to help wage the war against the rodents in the barns. I guess you could say the ark is quite full!