My family has lived and farmed in Northumberland for over 400 years and currently farm at East Wingates, Longhorsley, near Morpeth.
We were one of the first farms in the North East to join DEFRA's Countryside Stewardship Scheme. This means we are committed to conserving the countryside, its wildlife and historic features and offer the public the opportunity to access our land and see and appreciate what is happening to the land.
It was a delight to see the butchery area kept so spotlessly hygienic, and to see the evident effort which yourself
and your wife have put into developing the business.
Dr Julia Betts, Northumberland.
In May 1999, we diversified our farming business to include a butchery. We converted one of our farm buildings into a smart modern cold store and butcher's shop, and purchased a van with refrigerated storage, so we could produce, butcher and sell our lamb directly to customers at Farmers' Markets and online via the Internet.
The East Wingates flock consists of 450 breeding ewes which produce 120 replacement ewe hoggs and the lambs for the butchery, this makes the flock a closed unit giving complete traceability, with only the rams being bought from a neighbouring farm.
The Lamb Man sells home-produced Texel-cross lambs which are in the top M.L.C. grade from our prize winning flock. The lambs are slaughtered at our local abattoir and delivered back in their chiller van to be stored in our on-farm butchery cold room.
By hard work and diversifying we hope that the farm is sustainable for us to enjoy and for the next generation.