Contributors

Real Smallholders and Experts who have contributed to the making of
'Sheep On Your Smallholding'

During the filming of 'Sheep on Your Smallholding' we have visited some wonderful smallholdings and met some very skilled and enterprising people doing amazing things!

We would like to introduce these inspirational people to you, so that you can see how a dream can turn into a reality.Their stories can be seen in the four programmes of 'Sheep on Your Smallholding'.

 

Peter Morris, Chief Executive, National Sheep Association (up to 2011)
Malvern
www.nationalsheep.org.uk

This specialist organisation is dedicated to safeguarding the interests and future of sheep farmers throughout the UK. The Smallholder Series is grateful to the NSA for all their help in the making of our Sheep On Your Smallholding series, and we would urge all sheep keepers to join this essential organisation.

 

James & Gill Cummings
Panniers Farm, Worth, Somerset
www.panniersfarm.co.uk

In addition to having full-time jobs, James and Gill run a holiday cottage on their 12-acre smallholding in Somerset. They keep Suffolk sheep, Berkshire pigs and a variety of hens, and manage the land in a way designed to preserve the ancient landscape and encourage wildlife.

 

Ruth & Nick Strange
Beech Hayes Farm, Churchinford, Somerset
http://www.beechhayesfarm.co.uk/

Ruth and Nick run a 65-acre farm, raising Gloucester Old Spot pigs, native breed beef, homebred grass-reared lamb and mutton, free-range hen, duck and goose eggs and Christmas poultry in season. Produce is sold direct to the consumer via Farmers' Markets and the Village Market.

 

Sue Blacker
The Natural Fibre Company, Launceton, Cornwall
www.naturalfibrecompany.co.uk

"Turning fleece into high-quality yarn" was the ambition of Sue when she bought the company in 2005 and relocated it from Wales to Cornwall. In addition to commission spinning for small quantities (upwards of 20kg) including organic fibres, the range of services includes worsted spinning and dyeing, and Blacker Designs now sells a wide range of knitting yarns, and beautiful woven scarves, throws and blankets.

 

June & Andrew Tinnion
Fenland Sheepskin, Bridgewater, Somerset

One of Europe’s leading woolskin tanners, finishers and manufacturing processors, June Tinnion offers a friendly, helpful tanning service to farmers and smallholders, adding value to their products, and guiding the first-timer through the process.

Sadly, in early 2011 Fenland Sheepskin ceased trading due to ever-increasing levels of cheap inports from China. They will be sadly missed.

 

Robert Venner, Auctioneer
Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Somerset
http://www.gth.net/staff/profile/141

A modern, purpose-built livestock auction centre, just off J24 of the M5. Livestock markets are held on a regular basis throughout the year, including specialist breed sales. Well worth a visit to learn how to buy livestock on the hoof from the many farmers who attend, talk to the experienced auctioneers and watch them in action.

 

Phil Stocker
Director of Farmer & Grower Relations, The Soil Association (until 2011)
Currently CEO, National Sheep Association
www.soilassociation.org

Campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.

 

Stephen Fletcher, Farmer / Linda Dutch, Cheesemaker
Ram Hall, Berkswell, West Midlands

Stephen is the 6th generation farmer at Ram Hall and now produces Berkswell cheese from his flock of Friesland sheep – you have to add this extraordinary cheese to your shopping list!

 

Sam Boon, Signet Breeding Services
Laura Smith, Signet Ultrasound Scanning Technician
www.signetfbc.co.uk

Signet Sheep Breeder provides pedigree breeders with objective information from which to make strategic breeding decisions.

 

Pippa Geddes, Shropshire Sheep Breeder
www.flockofages.co.uk

Pippa and her husband, Peter, are keen advocates of Performance Recording, both for her own flock and to raise the commercial value of the breed as a terminal sire. The Alderton flock is one of eight that started recording in 2006 as part of the Shropshire Breed Improvement Scheme.

 

Phil Johnstone, Butcher
Broomhall's, Eastington, Gloucestershire

Small, traditional village abattoir and butcher’s shop who offer a very helpful and individual slaughter and butchery service to farmers and smallholders, including organic producers.

 

Agnes Winter, BVSc, PhD, DSHP, MRCVS, ARAgS
RCVS Specialist in Sheep Health & Production

Agnes has written some excellent books on aspects of sheep management, including Lameness, Lambing and a Veterinary Manual – have a look in our bookshop

 

Paul Hunter, Product Development Manager
Ritchey
www.ritchey.co.uk

Manufacturers and suppliers of animal healthcare and management products, including EID equipment for livestock.

 

Mike Glover MA VetMB CertSHP MRCVS
Horse Pond Veterinary Centre, North Devon
www.northdevonvets.co.uk

 

Laurence Dungworth
Stroud Community Agriculture, Brookthorpe, Gloucestershire
www.stroudcommunityagriculture.org

Sustainable farming, built on cooperation and mutual support the risks and rewards of farming are shared between the farmers and consumers.

 

Chris Lewis B. Vet.Med., DSHP, Dip ECSRHM, M.R.C.V.S.

RCVS specialist in sheep health and production

 

Lesley Stubbings OBE

Sheep consultant and advisor to SCOPS - Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep

 

Richard Chantler, Ultrasound Scanning Service
Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire

 

Dr John Vipond, Sheep Specialist SAC

Sheep Specialist SAC

 

Ian Wilkinson
Cotswold Seeds

Expert in soil fertility and the nutritional value of grazing naturally through diversity

 

Jim Sharrock
Longhope Meat Consultancy

Master Butcher and expert in conformation, carcass assessment and grading

 

And last but not least, we’d like to thank all the talented staff at the Cotswold Farm Park who have helped us during the months of filming this series!

www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
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