Beadlam Grange is a mixed farm of 300 acres with a strong emphasis on livestock production. We currently have 100 Limousin X suckler cows and supply all the beef to the Farmshop. 150 acres is down to grass, permanent and 2 year rotational grass leys for silage which is fed to our cows and calves. We grow fodder beet to feed to our stock in winter and let off 20 acres for potato production. 120 acres of grain (wheat and barley) and the barley is fed to the cattle that we finish for the Farmshop. In 2006 we planted 37 acres of miscanthus. This is an energy crop with is harvested and baled and is co-burnt with coal at Drax Power Station.
We buy in predominantly Texel X Store lambs from neighbouring farmers and local livestock market which we finish on our grass, fodder beet and barley rations. All the lamb and beef is sold through the Butchery in the Farmshop.
We rear pigs on a bed and breakfast basis for Ian Mosey Livestock. 1200 pigs are housed in straw bedded huts outside. They arrive as weaners weighing approx 7 kg and we feed and look after them for about 9 weeks when they weigh approx. 45 kg. At this stage the pigs leave us to be finished as pork by farmers with more room and facilities.
Husband Mark and son, Peter look after all the farm stock and arable side of the business. The Farmshop & Tearoom is our shop window for our top quality beef and lamb that we produce on the farm. Since opening in 2007 we have sold our own produce directly to our loyal customers and also supported many small local producers and suppliers and made some great friends. We can tell the whole story from farm to fork and are very proud of what we have achieved. We are now a very self sufficient and sustainable unit which involves production, processing, catering and retailing.
The Farmshop & Tearoom has secured a bright future for the farm and family at Beadlam Grange and also provided employment for local people (currently 6 full time employees and 16 part-time).