Our Livestock, land and the environment
The farm is run by Craig and his partner Aaron, here is a little more information on our farm...
Mule Sheep Flock
Our commercial sheep flock graze the pastures around the farm and guests often take great pleasure observing the sheep grazing close by and in particular new-born lambs in spring from the comfort of their pod.
‘Madge Hill’ Belted Galloway Cattle
We have established a herd of pedigree Belted Galloway cattle. This hardy, native breed are well suited to grazing the higher ground at the farm. The cattle are also a key part of sustainable mixed grazing system and produce very high-quality grass-fed beef.
‘Upper Delves’ Shire Horses
Being the ‘gentle giants’ of the horse world, we are committed to doing our part to help to preserve shires as part of our rural heritage. Our brood mare ‘Upper Delves Sunflower’ is from a family line renowned for producing lovely grey foals. In 2019, she had a filly foal ‘Upper Delves Lady Rose’, this lady will hopefully be the future of our breeding and keep this family line going for many years to come.
Bees, Honey and Eggs
Initially starting as a partnership with a local bee-keeper and farmer, we have always made space for the bees. We have recently taken on the management of the hives to continue the honey production so expect to see our farm honey in our honesty shop alongside our fresh farm eggs (when available).
Our Soils, Grassland and Haymaking
When Craig took on the farm, the land had been intensively farmed as part of an arable rotation heavily reliant on artificial fertiliser. How things have changed now…the principle of ‘farming with nature’ has been applied with a long term vision to improve the farm’s environmental sustainability.
The farm is a host venue for Derbyshire Dry Stone Walling Association with many weekend courses held throughout the year.
The meadows at the farm are used for haymaking so if you stay with us in summer, you may see the hay making operation in full swing!
Want to learn more?
Craig is passionate about the farm and sharing an understanding of sustainable farming systems. He is happy to take adults or children around the farm during your stay and this can be arranged on arrival (subject to availability).