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Tamworth

Tamworth

Large Black

Large Black

Lincoln Red

Lincoln Red

Our farming estate is like no other. Forget mass produced, intensive livestock production & welcome an approach based upon heritage, Hi-Health, organic & Pasture for Life.

 

Grimblethorpe Hall Farm is a centre for sustainable activities focussed around the conservation of rare indigenous farm breeds, Original population Lincoln Red cattle, Lincoln Longwool sheep, as well as Tamworth & Large Black pigs. Our approach to farming is based upon low inputs, low stocking rates & 100% pasture for life for our cattle & sheep. Grimblethorpe Hall Farm is certified organic.

We produce pedigree livestock for breeding as well as premium, slow grown rare breed beef, pork & lamb for the estate’s butchery. Our pure-bred pedigree breeding livestock is all on the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s (RBST’s) Endangered, Vulnerable and At Risk lists.

 

You will find our cattle and sheep grazing in fields all year round (unless the weather is really bad) and not in feedlots! Our pigs are kept outdoors rooting in paddocks on the edge of our woodland rather than inside on slatted floors in cramped fattening units.

The estate is situated in a chalk stream valley in the heart of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds and includes grassland, ancient meadow, wetland & woodland. The farm is a perfect habitat for rare wild flowers & grasses, birds & wildlife.

 

We welcome guests to stay on the estate in one of our four spacious holiday cottages.

Whilst we’re a busy estate we love sharing our approach to sustainable farming, rare breeds and innovative thinking and are happy to greet visitors by appointment. If you’d like to visit to see our rare breed animals, where our meats originate from or to experience our wildlife oasis please get in touch via our contact form.


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Approach to Livestock Farming

Pasture for Life and organic farming is a way of life and for us, a labour of love. We focus on sustainability, natural soil fertility and biological diversity, avoiding synthetic pesticides, fertilisers, antibiotics and growth hormones.

As a corporate & licensed member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RSBT) all of our customers can be assured their meat purchases are directly supporting the work of the trust.

We actively encourage our visitors & customers to discover more about Pasture for Life on the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association website here, organic farming on the Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G) website here and the RSBT website here.

We are a certified Organic Farm by OF&G, one of the UK’s largest organic bodies. They have the very highest standards that we are audited against.


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Wellingtonia

Visitors first sight of the farm will be the eight Wellingtonia trees in the southern paddock. Known as giant sequoia in their native America, seeds were first brought to this country in the mid-1800s where they were named to commemorate the recently deceased Duke of Wellington. The Grimblethorpe trees are at least 140 years old so still relative youngsters compared to the oldest known specimens at over 3,000 years old. Learn more by going to:- www.redwoodworld.co.uk

 

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Chalk Stream

The small chalk stream running through the farm is a tributary of the River Bain, which it joins just downstream at Biscathorpe. Rising from springs fed by the underground chalk aquifer, the stream is home to characteristic alkaline-loving plants like water-crowfoot, starwort and watercress, and to aquatic invertebrates such as the freshwater shrimp, mayflies and caddis flies. The River Bain has a good population of wild brown trout and bullheads, the banks of the river provide shelter for water vole, otter and kingfisher.