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Calf

20 cross bred calves are bought each year and reared to about 18 months old.

Sheep

Sheep - the backbone animal enterprise at the farm.

Pigs

A small herd of saddleback pigs and piglets.

Cow

A small herd of pedigree Hereford Suckler Cows.

 

 

The Farm

The farmhouse and meadows are 80 metres above sea level with the pastures rising to 100 metres. Hill sheep grazing rights on Middleton Fell reach the dizzy heights of 300 metres. From this point the sheep and their shepherds can look down into 9 different valleys or parishes ie: Dentdale, Garsdale, Cautley, Sedburgh, Howgill, Firbank, Marthwaite, Killington and Middleton.

The sheep are the backbone animal enterprise of Holme Open Farm business consisting of:

100 Rough fell ewes - a traditional breed that has been grazed on the surrounding fells for hundred of years.

 

250 Cross bred ewes - these are bred on the farm by crossing the Rough Fell ewe wtih the lowland breeds Suffolk and Blue faced Leicester. These ewes produce more, high quality, faster growing lambs. They are sold for meat.

 

90 1 year old female lambs - these are a mix of pure bred and cross bred sheep and will replace older ewes.

 

500 Lambs - born during March and April, sold at market during the summer for meat.

 

7 Rams - these males have been bought from specialist breeders and are put to the ewes in October and November.


Lambing time is the most exciting time of year with an excellent chance of seeing lambs born between 1st March - end April. Shearing demonstrations can be seen from the end of June - end August. Various other activities can be seen e.g: Foot Pairing, Worm Dosing, Sheep Marking and Sheep Dog working demonstrations.

The other enterprise on the farm is the Cattle, with a small pedigree Hereford Suckler Herd, plus 20 cross bred calves that are bought each year and reared to about 18 months old.

Running through the farmyard is a Roman Road which is a public footpath that crosses the River Rawthey by Ford. At the foot of Holme Fell is the remains of the Stoneage Settlement Huts set out in a circle and on Middleton Common at the end of Jordan Lane (which leads to Holme Open Farm) is a special area which supports a wide variety of Orchids some of which are quite rare.