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We are a traditional mixed family farm and have been based at Beswick for around 400 years, our livestock graze in the River Hull Valley, on wetland that cannot be utilised for growing any crops or vegetables.
We believe that good healthy food can only come from happy healthy animals raised on this type of land so our livestock are raised in a way that guarantees wildlife conservation and land regeneration.
Sequestering Carbon and Neutralising Methane
The cattle happily grazing and nibbling encourages new plant growth that takes carbon from the air and sequesters it into the ground in the form of root and micro-organism growth. As roots and micro-organisms die back, the carbon in them is safely stored in the ground, building organic matter and feeding the soil, along with manure and urine left by the cows, this is how our pastures and the nature reserves are regenerated.
Vision and Mission
We aim to produce breeding stock and meat from healthy, contented animals raised on the natural and traditional diet of their ancestors.
We use the manure from the animals to improve our soil health and structure across the farm and the wetland grazing system plays a major role in the sequestration of carbon back into the ground.
Wildlife, Birds and Eco-systems
The River Hull is a major migratory route used by birds for centuries. Whilst grazing the wetland areas, the cattle feet create small divots in the soil, encouraging a whole new eco-system of invertebrates to become active and breed in the wet ground, hence creating a food source for many local breeding birds and also migrating birds passing through our farm and stopping by the nature reserves to re-fuel.
Sustainability and Flood Prevention
Our native breed Belted Galloway cattle and Oxford Down sheep graze happily on nature reserve land that typically is too wet or unsuitable to be farmed to grow any other type of food crop.
At times of heavy rainfall these River Hull Valley wetlands store very large volumes of water, this helps prevent rising water levels in the River Hull and therefore lowers the risk of flooding as the River meanders towards the Humber.