Hydes Farming

Hydes Farming is our farm reared beef and lamb. Quality meat at a discount to supermarket prices.

Much of the land that we farm has been in intensive arable production for many decades. Because of this, organic matter in the soil is extremely low in places. Also with the breakdown of chemistry and lack of new alternative products coming to the market, weeds such as blackgrass are becoming more of a problem to control. We decided to take an integrated approach and use grass leys with livestock to help build organic matter and natural fertility. They grass leys are also another tool to help remain on top of blackgrass.

To keep it separate from the main business, we have created a sub business called Hydes Farming. The first introduction of livestock was a small flock of Polled Dorset sheep. We chose this breed because it fitted nicely with our arable rotation. Polled Dorsets are the only breed that will naturally lamb out of season. This was something that was very important to us as we wanted to utilise our existing staff. We lamb in November, a period that is traditionally quiet for us on the farm. Ewes and lambs are then grazed over winter on the cover crops that we grow in front of spring barley. Lambs are then ready for slaughter in time for the Easter market.

We can offer lamb boxes for sale in the spring with good quality meat at a discount to supermarket prices.

Please enquire for details.

We have recently introduced cattle as well. We have chosen to rear native British breeds as we want to rear beef on an extensive grass based system.