Here at The College Farm our farming ethos is all about working with the land and not against it. We are fully committed to encouraging biodiversity throughout the 400 acres we farm. We are guardians of the land and are merely looking after it for future generations.
When you love what you do you never work a day in your life
The Dorcas Herd is a really well run operation and without doubt one of the best large herds in the UK of any breed…. a pleasure to visit
What we farm
We have a beef suckler herd of 300 pedigree Charolais cows, a flock of 1,200 Lleyn sheep, 5 working sheepdogs, a small flock of ex- battery hens, and 2 pigs. We also have 60 acres of arable land, which is used to grow either maize or barley. We also have 4 bee hives that produce the best honey in the world.
Conservation work has always been incredibly important here at The College Farm- we care passionately about the land we farm. The whole farm is within a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme- a Government led scheme that allows farmers to deliver significant environmental benefits over a long time period. Conservation work currently being carried around the farm includes
- hedgerow restoration,
- bird and bat boxes
- floristically enhanced margins (planting loads of flowers to attract insects around the arable fields)
- extensive grazing (having less animals per acre to allow specialist plants to grow)
- coppicing (the trimming of willow trees to encourage regrowth)
- wild bird seed areas (to give birds winter feed)