The farm is small by modern standards 50ha (125 acres) we are a livestock farm and we make hay and haylage in the summer to feed our animals in the winter.
Our livestock consists of Aberdeen Angus cattle which Thomas has been breeding for more than 20 years. They are the local breed originally from the other side of Alford, about 7 miles from Boghead, we currently have one bull, called ‘Barney’, and 19 cows and their calves.
We also breed British Vendeen sheep, they were imported from France in the early 1980’s although originally their ancestors came from the English Southdown. Thomas has been breeding sheep on the family farm in Gloucestershire since he was 16 years old and has had pedigree British Vendeen sheep for 30 years.
Fiona started her own flock of Ryelands in December 2019.
We lamb the pedigree sheep in February and the commercial flock in mid March right up until the end of April. If you would like to experience lambing then we can offer week or weekend lambing holidays.
The farming system is fairly extensive with only a minimal amount of fertiliser used on the grassland. We also grow an area of root crops for winter feed for the sheep and 1 acre of seed crop to help feed the birds during the winter months.
The woodland is a haven for wildlife with deer, badgers, hares, rabbits, frogs, toads and many species of birds including ducks and greylag geese.
We are always happy to show people around the farm.