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Flock Case Studies

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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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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Farming in the Blackmore Vale

Farming in the Blackmore Vale

The ability to lamb Poll Dorset ewes in September and December provides the perfect complement to a heifer rearing and beef business in the Blackmore Vale.

The pedigree Poll Dorset Sherborne flock run by Rob Hole and his father, Richard, at Hill Street Farm, near Sherborne in Dorset has been established for 50 years this year and, thanks to the success of the system and good margins from early lamb sales to Waitrose, flock numbers have been doubled to 430 ewes in the last 20 years.

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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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