For many years now Alan & I have belonged to PFLA and have learnt so much from the wisdom they share.
We have always been keen to care for our land & hand it to the next generation in a better state than we received it in.
When Alans Garanfather came here in the 1930’s each tenant had left bankrupt after a year, he tested the soil & started to look after it (we are still here! thank you Harry)
Crossroads Farm was an ironstone quarry until 1960. Dairy Cows have been kept since the 1930’s. We stopped using artificial fertilizers approximately ten years ago. Now spread rotted manure, with no insectides or antibiotics used either on the land or cattle.
In 2016 we started keeping the cows with their mothers until weaned at between 6-8 months.
2017 saw us certified with Pasture For Life we haven’t feed any cereals for a couple of years now..the animals are better for it.
We started mob grazing half the farm last year (having previously strip grazed & paddock grazed) the results in terms of growth of grass growth, herbs & wild flowers returning was thrilling. But the most wonderful thing was the return of so much insect life, therefore the swallows & other wildlife thrived. And of course the cows loved being moved on to fresh lush pasture twice a day. From all the different Rare British Breeds we keep we find the Red Polls suit the system best & find their dual purpose nature a bonus, excellent milk & meat.