Rare breed conservation and traditional, tasty meat!
News flash! A new litter of British Lop piglets arrived on 4th January 2013.
We are Jenny & Jeremy - welcome to our website, where you can meet a few of our pets and animals! We have four children aged 3 to 18 and enjoy living in the beautiful Solway coast area of Cumbria. We started keeping our own livestock so that we could be relatively self-sufficient in meat products, but found there was a demand locally for traditional, slow-grown and stress free tasty meat!
We are happy that our two youngest children, aged 3 and 5, are growing up amongst animals of all types, learning about the cycle of life (and death) and also how food is produced. It is important to us that they realise animals cannot ask for the things that they need, and it is our job to make sure pets and livestock are happy and comfortable at all times.
On our smallholding at Rockcliffe in Cumbria, at the edge of the Solway marshes, we rear rare and minority breed animals and poultry for sale as livestock and meat. We specialise in pork from our rare British Lop pigs. We occasionally sell pigs as weaners or breeding stock (registered with the British Lop Pig Society) and also have young poultry and hatching eggs for sale.
We also offer other professional services such as health & safety consultancy, CAD plan drawing and woodland management advice.
Future plansIn 2013, we will be running training courses in a number of topics related to smallholding. Also, by the summer of this year, we would like to cure our own bacon and ham, and sell drinks, snacks, and cream teas to local walkers and cyclists* passing our farm. We are on the Cumbrian Coastal path and two of the main Sustrans cycle routes - Nos 7 and 10.
*(We have very limited car parking space!)
Please browse our website and contact us if we can help you in any way.
Jenny has worked as a nurse, an animal welfare officer and, latterly, in health and safety for many years. She also qualified as an asbestos surveyor during that time. Her hobbies (if she has any time, with four children and rather a lot of animals) are playing the cornet in a brass band, writing, reading, crafts, baking, growing vegetables and hiding from the children in the bath. She is trying to resist the temptation of enrolling on a university course, as she always likes to be studying for something (a worrying tendency.)
Jeremy is a qualified Architectural Technician, a project manager and has completed two years of a BSc in Forestry and Woodland Management. He carries out landscaping and small building works, joinery, decking and fence installation and other "handyman" jobs.....just about anything really - and likes to use recycled materials where possible. It's amazing what you can make out of pallets! Jeremy also plays in a brass band (the HUGE tuba known as the B flat bass) and enjoys dismantling cars and sometimes putting them back together again. He also did a good job of converting an old VW minibus into our campervan.
Jenny has been involved with animals for many years, and often has some creature or other being hand reared or rehabilitated following injury, as well as the pets and farm animals to look after. Jeremy has been involved with animals since meeting Jenny six years ago, and in that time has learnt a lot about poultry (they poo a lot and lay eggs) pigs (they poo a lot too, and eat eggs) and sheep (they are hard to round up without a dog, and rams are stronger than they look) - and having bred (very tasty) lamb for the freezer he quickly got over any early squeamishness about eating our own livestock!