We currently have a flock of around 600 laying birds which is ever expanding! We keep a mixture of modern hybrid and traditional breeds. All of our chickens lead a free range life, enjoying fresh grass, dirt to scratch around in, and spacious houses to take shelter in.
We have a breeding flock of Ebden and Toulose geese. They are very comical birds, but need a large amount of grazing. They lay well, and we had a waiting list of over 3 weeks for goose eggs. The gander gets very protective of the girls when they are laying, meaning it is like running the gauntlet when collecting the eggs every day!!
We have approx. 50 laying ducks. They are a mixed group of Indian Runners, Cherry Valley, Pekin and Aylesbury and roam the farm to their hearts content.
We only keep British rare breed pigs. We are currently building the Llainlehcar herd of pedigree Gloustershire Old Spots pigs. Our boar, Maximus, shares the grass paddocks with Blossom, Agnes, Anya, Beryl and Betsy as well as our Tamworth sows Mamma, Salt, Pepper and Spot.
The meat from a pedigree Gloucestershire Old Spots is something very special. Whether as pork, or bacon, or gammons, or sausages, or pies, genuine GOS pork is flavoursome, succulent and delicious.
We normally have weaners and growing stock available, and by arrangement we can provide registered breeding stock.
We have regular pork sales – sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date with how to buy our quality meat.
We have small herd of beef cattle, including Aberdeen Angus, Hereford, Limousin and Simmentals. We buy our calves from our 2 neighbouring farms. Our cattle graze the wildflower meadows from April until winter, and when in for the winter they enjoy our own silage and hay. We have around 12 cattle at any one time, and each is given lots of attention! We rear them on until approx. 28-30 mths of age, so they are fully mature at slaughter.
We specialise in the local Wiltshire Horn sheep. The Wiltshire Horn is a very old native breed and up until the end of the eighteenth century was the predominant breed to be found on the Wiltshire Downs. At this time the sheep were able to roam freely doing well on the poor terrain which offered little shade or protection. It is this background that has given the breed it’s hardiness and resilience. The Wiltshire Horn has a short fleece that naturally sheds in the spring leaving a short hair coat. The fleece will then grow again in the autumn to offer protection during the winter months. The Wiltshire Horn produces a lean yet extremely flavoursome meat, prized amongst gourmets for its amazing taste yet succulent texture.