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Flock Case Studies

Mixed Livestock and Arable Farming in the Vale of Glamorgan

Jemima Jones

Jemima Jones shares a passion for livestock with her parents Martyn and Jane and she is now heavily involved with the day to day running of Corntown Estates, Bridgend in South Wales. The farm runs to almost 600 acres in The Vale of Glamorgan and Poll Dorset sheep have been integral to the operation and a favourite with the family for more than two decades - and now the breed is set to play an even bigger role.

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A Family Run Business in Northamptonshire

Roger and Tom Elliott

Traditional breeds of sheep and cattle have to pay their way for farmer-butchers, father and son Roger and Tom Elliott on 1,000 principally rented acres in Northamptonshire. The Elliotts run 200 suckler cows and lamb 1,200 ewes, supplying low-input, mainly grass-fed beef and lamb for their two Elliott’s Butchers’ shops - the family business dating back more than 100 years.

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Mark and Karen Hodgson

Mark and Karen Hodgson

Flexible Poll Dorset ewes are allowing a Cumbrian farming couple to cut their flock numbers by half, yet still produce a similar number of lambs. Mark and Karen Hodgson farm two tenanted holdings in West Cumbria - the hill farm Wasdale Head Hall and Pickett How, Egremont, 18 miles away.

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Dean Anderson - Smallburn Farms

Dean Anderson - Smallburn Farms

North of Scotland businessman and farmer Dean Anderson has seized opportunities and shaped his enterprises depending on their profitability, but one aspect which has remained constant for half a century has been his flock of pure bred Dorset sheep. Mayne Farm, Elgin, Morayshire, was originally home to the family’s farming operation, but Dean has expanded the area farmed to 3,000 acres and has also run successful ancillary businesses.

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Back to Basics - Geof Davey

Geof Davey

Poll Dorset sheep fit into the ‘back to basics’ policy and have paid off for Somerset sheep producer Geof Davey. The easily managed and adaptable breed is paying its way for Geof and his partner Sarah who are helped by their daughters, Abigail, 11, and Olivia, seven, at Bridge Farm, Shepton Mallet, a lowland grass unit in the Mendip Hills.

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Dorset Ewes Fit in well at Fowberry Farm in Bamburgh on the Northumberland Coast

Christina Johnson, Fowberry Farm, Bamburgh, Northumberland

Dorset ewes which lamb out of season fit in well on a Northumberland farm which runs a herd of traditional beef cattle and also capitalises on the tourist trade with a small camp site.

Christina Johnson shares the passion for the docile Dorset breed with her father Alistair who established the flock in 2008 and now she has taken over the running of the sheep from him at Fowberry Farm, Bamburgh, on the picturesque Northumberland coast.

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