Since 2010 we have built partnerships with trusted farmers who share our ethos and passion for rare breed animals and environmentally sustainable practices. We also work with carefully selected small family run abattoirs so we have confidence in the welfare of the animals and full traceability of all our products. Here are a few of our dedicated farmers:
Tom Boothman - Linton Hall Farm, Linton in Craven. Tom is a fourth generation farmer with 600 acres. On his land he breeds from fifty pedigree Belted Galloway cows and twenty traditional Aberdeen Angus - he prefers these breeds as they are hardy and fit for the environment, eating from high pastures, not forgetting the fact that they produce excellent meat. If he wasn't a farmer he'd love to be a rockstar🕺
Andy Lambert - Wennigbar Farm, Hellifield. Andy is a first generation farm owner, who specialises in free range native breed Middle-white pigs. He also has a couple of dozen Dexter cattle. Andy rears his livestock naturally and slowly. He believes food consumption needs to take a step backwards from supermarket special offers and consider where food comes from; as a country we can't afford to carry on with intensive farming practices.
Robert Philips - Green Farm, Hellifield. All Robert knows is how to farm his 1,100 acres as he is the fourth generation of Phillips to farm here. He has a herd of 160 Highland as they are able to live all-year outside; they are best for grazing his type of land and produce the best beef! Robert loves working with Swaledale as they champion the smaller native breeds which are better environmentally.
Phil Hargreaves - Park House Farm, Malham. Phil is the third generation of his family to farm and champion native breed pigs. All the Hargreaves family are actively involved with the farming side of life. They have four Middle-white breeding sows, produced for from our Great Yorkshire Show Champion. In Phil's experience, Middle-white pigs are easy-to-handle, quiet and content pigs in the field and, of course, produce fantastic meat.
Edward Wilkinson - Shires Farm, Easingwold. Ed produces poultry of quality. He has seen the shift from mass produced supermarket meat, to a call for provenance and traceability. His hand-fed Ross chickens are kept in small flocks and they have a unique diet which includes over ten varieties of fresh herbs.
Tim & Josh Vines - Kiln Clough Farm, Edenfield. Father and son work this beautiful 180 acre farm, hoping to eventually create a self sufficient enterprise with the addition of Belted Galloways cows to their native breed pigs. They also hope to engage with the public and have farms visits a regular occurrence.
Barbara & Keith Davies - Belmont Farm, Forrest of Boland. Pig farming is in their blood, both coming from farming backgrounds. In 2006 they acquired eight acres of partially-wooded land where they keep various breeds including Tamworth and Middle-white. The pigs thrive in this habitat, living outdoors all year round, producing excellent tasty pork with real depth of flavour.
James Hall - Darnbrook, Arncliffe. James and his family run a National Trust upland farm of 2,700 acres. Driving to James's farm from Skipton through The Dales is quite an experience - up beyond Malham Cove the landscape opens up and trees disappear; it's incredibly dramatic, almost like a moonscape. They farm Belted Galloway cattle because they suit the low input hill farm system, they are low maintenance and convert grass to meat well, thriving off the rougher terrain. James is one of Swaledale's longest partners.
Mark Luscombe - New Fryers Garth Farm, Malham. Mark's late wife was passionate about native breed Ryeland sheep, originally from Herefordshire. This hardy breed is actually well-suited to the limestone pavement landscapes. The meat from a Ryeland used to be called 'the sweet meat of Herefordshire' and certainly lives up to its old name. Mark also breeds Dexter and Highland cattle.
Charles Marwood - Foulrice Farm, Howardian Hills. Charles remembers the family trip to Bristol forty years ago to buy his first pedigree Dexter cow. He now has twenty breeding cows on his 240 acre farm which he farms with his son Stephen. We believe he produces the best Dexter beef in the country. Also on his land he has pedigree Teeswater lambs. Charles believes the future of farming is to diversify and specialise.
Neil Hesletine - Hill Top Farm, Malham. Neil was born and brought up at Hill Top Farm, where he now farms with his partner Leigh. In 2003, as part of a conservation grazing scheme, Neil re-introduced twenty Belted Galloway cattle to join the Swaledale sheep flock. This proved to be a defining time in terms of farm ethos and mind-set, as he sought more sustainable and environmentally friendly production methods.
Garry Schofield - Heber Farm, Buckden. We are very excited to continue working with Garry Schofield, who has a breeding herd of thirty five Belted Galloway cows. His 1,200 acre National Trust hill farm is located in Buckden, Upper Wharfedale and the land runs up and around the famous Buckden Pike. We had some of his grass-fed beasts late last year, which were exceptional and are looking forward to receiving more early this year.