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Broom House Farm & The Gray Family

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We live with our 2 children, Emma and William, at Broom House, a windy spot at 750 feet, with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside, when the weather allows!  The farm house is on the top of the hill, but the farmland itself rolls down the valley to the River Browney. Broom House is really a livestock farm - although some arable crops such as oats and barley are grown, as well as forage crops like turnips and kale - with the aim of producing as much of our own feed for the animals as possible. We have a herd of beautiful Aberdeen Angus cattle, as well as a large flock of Lleyn sheep and a small herd of Saddleback pigs as well as a flock of laying hens. The aim is to breed all our own replacement animals on the farm, enabling us to improve the quality of our livestock through breeding. Our animals are reared outside on grass and clover pastures in the drier months, with the young stock in particular being kept inside on straw in our barns during the muddiest winter months. We manage our livestock to the highest standards of welfare, with minimum use of medicines and bought in feeds and in October 2007 we obtained full organic status for the farm. All the farmland is organic, inspected annually by Organic Farmers & Growers.  We are also members of the Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb Scheme and EBLEX.

CONSERVATION The whole farm has been entered into the Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme with the aim of conserving the landscape and improving conditions for wildlife on the farm. Some examples of our conservation work can be seen around the farm - we have restored hay meadows, sown beetle strips and made wildlife corridors, coppiced hedgerows, planted trees, restored ponds and rebuilt stone walls. Even in the 15 years that we have been here we have noticed an increase in curlews, brown hares, partridge and lapwing. In 2008 and 2012 we won the Durham area Tye Conservation Award which is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and in 2012 we won the inter-regional Tye Trophy.     

DIVERSIFICATIONS In 2004 we opened a Butchery on the farm, this has grown into a successful Farm Shop with many loyal local customers who have followed our steady progress with interest and pride.  We remain committed to our core aim of selling only our very own Aberdeen Angus Beef, Lamb, Mutton and rare breed Saddleback Pork and have gradually added to our original offering by developing a range of complementary Farm Shop products - from organic milk, butter, bread and poultry to a delicious range of mustards and sauces.  In 2006 The Forest Adventure opened.  This attraction is aimed at 5-12 year olds and was designed by our family for other families to enjoy.  To complement these diversifications in 2007 we opened the Coffee Shop with a large grassy play area for children of all ages to enjoy.  This now means that Broom House has become a great destination for the whole family.  In recent years facilities have been developed to encourage Educational Visits & Birthday Parties

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FARM SHOP 01913718839  Open everyday 9am-5pm (10am-4.30pm on Sundays)

COFFEE SHOP 01913718382 Open everyday 9am-5pm 

Please do ring to book Afternoon Tea. 

FOREST ADVENTURE We are open 10am-4pm through the summer holidays

 

Friendly dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times.


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