Family farming business based in East Yorkshire
Peter and Angela are a father and daughter team with the aim of reawakening customers to fantastic tasting locally produced meats.
The son of a poultry farmer, Peter had a passion for pigs and started farming in his own right at the age of 16 when he bought his first pregnant pig from the Beverley Livestock Market. An entrepreneur, Peter worked hard to buy a 200hectare farm in a nearby village which enabled him to control the full farming process from growing the crops in the fields, producing the grain to feed the pigs and in-turn the manure is used as fertiliser.
At the age of 6, Angela’s pet pig, Blackie, made it into the local newspapers for being a top performing pig which liked listening to music. Angela went on to be awarded a Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship, which enabled her to study agriculture around the world. This has prompted huge investment in environmentally sustainable farming.
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About our Farm
Our farming business is situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire. We grow wheat, winter and spring barley – all of which are audited to the Red Tractor Assurance standards and fed to our herd of Hampshire pigs.
The farming calendar
We grow pigs throughout the year, but harvest wheat and barley once a year in the months of August and September. We then store the grains to feed to the pigs throughout the year. We plant most of our crops in late September and October and our spring crops are planted in April.
Improving our soils
We employ specialist agronomists to advise us on the best farming techniques. Healthy soil structure is important, we put all of our straw back onto the fields as either manure or chopping it behind the combine at harvest, this creates the perfect environment for worms and other flora and forna.
We farm heavy clay soils and therefore we closely monitor the weather when we are looking at working the fields or planting them. Ground compaction can damage the soil structure so we have low floatation tyres on the trailers and tri-axel trailers to spread the weight of the machinery.
Skylarks, curlews, owls, buzzards, pheasant, field mice, hares, deer, fox, hedgehog are all an abundance in our fields. The best time to spot them is during a quiet picnic in a field corner. We leave at least 5% of our land un-farmed for wildlife habitat. Owl boxes and hedgerows create fantastic nesting areas too. We have a lot of hedgerows and manage these voluntarily for the benefit of both wildlife and the local community. We do not cut hedgerows between the months of April to October to avoid bird nesting periods.
Our land is drained into ditches and dykes through a drainage system that was put in over 40 years ago. We would not be able to farm the land without this drainage network. It is important that we monitor what we put onto the land and the water that flows off our land. We annually test our soil for nutrients so that we can highlight areas that require more or less. We then test our pig muck for nutrients and spread this onto the land when required. We do not put muck onto the land between the months of December to February. We store all of our pig muck until spring when the crops are growing and require the nutrients to grow. This prevents run-off into the water courses. We choose the crop varieties very carefully so that they are resistant to disease, depending on the weather we sometimes have to spray the crops to prevent weeds and disease. Sprays are used very carefully as they are very expensive and only put on when necessary, we leave a large area around watercourses without spray as to not pollute the water.
Our farm has been Red Tractor Assured since 1999, our pigs are inspected at least every quarter by a specialist pig vet to make sure they are healthy. The farm is audited by the Red Tractor Scheme at least annually. The Environment Agency, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, DEFRA animal health teams and supermarkets also audit our farm on an annual basis.
Our female breeding pigs are about the size of a medium sized pony. They are BIG and they eat ALOT, all our home grown food of course! We mix two breeds of pig a large white and a landrace and this makes them excellent mothers with lots of milk. Our male pig, the boar, is the Hampshire breed with the RN- gene which is proven to make the tastiest Pork on supermarket shelves.
Pig Health and Welfare
Our pigs are housed indoors to keep them clean, healthy, away from predators, pests and protect them from climate change and variable British weather.
Our specialist pig maternity ward is where mother and baby pigs are cared for on a one to one basis offering the best care whilst giving birth and rearing their young. Heat lamps keep piglets warm and shredded paper is used as a toy for them to eat and play with as well has having the added benefit of keeping them dry and warm. Piglets are weaned from their mother at 4 weeks old.
Field to Fork…
We are pleased to provide customers with a real “field to fork” experience.
If you would like to learn more about our farm why not book a tour on our Pork Sausage Experience: Book a Tour
Taste & Tradition at its Best!
Butchery Manager – Simon
Butchers – Steve, Mike and Eric
Quality control and Admin – Caroline
Order processing and Marketing – Angela
Packing and Labelling – Sue
Our team are all long standing employees and pride themselves on fantastic customer service.
Sustainable Farming Strategy
“Live as though you’ll die tomorrow, but farm as though you will live forever”
We take our environmental responsibility seriously, for this reason we have committed to a sustainable farming strategy with 6 key commitments;
- Reduce plastic use on farm
- Use technology, genetics and innovation to help reduce GHG emission’s
- 100% renewable energy produced on the farm
- Reduce energy, water, waste and emissions – with investment in energy saving lighting and closely monitoring and measuring our waste
- Animal welfare has always been important to us. To get the best out of land and livestock, you have to put the best in – whether that’s nutrients, husbandry, care or cultivation.
- Support the economy by employing local people.
A sustainable farming cycle – Our soil grows corn, corn feeds pigs, pigs produce nutritious food and manure that then fertilises the soils. This is all carefully cared for and managed by our team of local people.