We are fourth generation farmers but the first to keep rare breed sheep. Our family have been in this valley since the 1930s pursuing tradtional farming methods, preferring quality over a race for profit.
The sheep are kept mainly at Dunstarn Farm in Leeds but are also at Hallcroft Hall in Addingham and East Hott Bank Farm in Northumberland.
We bought our foundation flock from Linda Barnard at Malton in 2010 and enjoyed our first lambing season in 2011. We have pure breed Kerrys and Kerry Mules. We are members of the Kerry Hill Flock Book Society and Linda is currently on the national Council We have exhibited our sheep since 2014 fwinning prizes for both our sheep and fleeces.
We can offer a selection of tups, lambs and gimmers for breeding purposes. We use our wethers as teasers or with the Mules for our Lamb Box scheme.
We retain our shorn fleeces and process these at Bridlington where we specify the type of yarn we require for fleece rugs,chair covers hand/machine knitting yarn or duvets for our holiday lets
We have been inspected by our local authority animal welfare dept and conform to all farming standards as per Defra regulations. We are members of CLA and NFU.
We receive a small farming subsidy of about £800 pa and generate our own electricity from a wind turbine for the Northumberland farm which is off grid. We were in a hill stewardship scheme for 10 years, but chose not to renew.
For our holding no, our animal movement authority no, our Kerry Hill Flock Book Society No, our NFU membership no, ring Linda.
There is also a holiday cottage available to rent if you would like to enjoy our idyllic farm setting. Please follow the link below.
Farmer owner, manger and chief boss person.
Linda also runs Update-Holidays a self catering holiday let business situated in idyllic and unusual locations on the Yorkshire Coast, Central Leeds, in the Yorkshire Dales, the Northumberland coast and Northumberland Uplands. For more information please click on the link www.update-holidays.co.uk
Nicky attended Harper Adams Agricultural College in Shropshire and a lambing practise course at Craven College, this year she lambed entirely on her own due to Covid 19.
Nicky also runs Smarty Party Ponies at Dunstarn Farm., plays polo and regularly breeds from and works her spaniels on local shoots. She also has a sheep dog Pip. For more information about her pony parties, please click on the link below.