Growing top quality Merino wool and cashmere takes skill, hard work, knowledge and the very best modern genetics. All combined, they mean our animals are among the best you will find anywhere. But these animals do not grow in laboratories – WE don’t work in a laboratory – we all live on one of the most beautiful farms in Devon with its unique ecosystem, its own population of wildlife and a 1000 year history of growing good, healthy livestock.
Animals don’t grow well if the land they live on is not also well cared for. DEFRA and Enviromental Groups would say land needs to be “In Good Environmental Condition” – we prefer the old farmers saying of “In Good Heart”. The farmer’s version means so much more. It implies the land has a living, breathing existence as an entity, it knows when it feels good and it literally bursts out with life and energy as a consequence.
It’s our duty as farmers and stewards of this ancient place, to continue to use the bounty the land gives us and care for it in a way that keeps it “in Good Heart”. We listen and watch the land – leaning over a farm gate is never wasted time – and we see the signs that all is well or, unusually, that something is NOT well. We respond to those signs and act on them daily to maintain the precious environment we share with so many other creatures.