Background to Cranmore Farm
The farm consists of a total of 1698 acres which includes an Equine Embryo Transfer Centre (approximately 100 acres) the home of The Beaufort Polo Club (approximately 100 acres) and which has grown by gradual acquisition of neighbouring land over forty years. The agricultural enterprises consist of Hillcourt Dairy 120 cows, Church Farm dairy 220 cows increasing steadily to 280 cows, dairy beef calves to finishing, dairy followers calves to in-calf heifers and arable 300-400 acres.
The dairies are all year round calving and therefore the beef rearing and finishing operation depends upon the time of year calves are born and is either an 18-22 month grass silage and home grown barley finishing out of the yard in the second winter for calves born before the 31st December each year or 24-26 months for later born calves finishing off grass.
Grass silage with a reasonable number of lucerne and clover leys is made for the entire livestock enterprise sometimes including arable silage. Winter feed is based on a silage straw mix with rolled barley for finishers fed through a mixer wagon.
Depending upon where cattle are there will be some yarded already and these will be shown along with a group out at grass. One of the dairies will be looked at along with the silage set-up.
This farm walk is kindly sponsored by the Organic Livestock Marketing Cooperative. This farm walk is free.
4.30pm: Delegates arrive. Biscuits and refreshments are served
4.50pm: Welcome from Host, Soil Association and OLMC
5.00pm: Simon Tomlinson provides an introduction to the farm.
5.15pm: Farm walk commences