All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 101
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 27223
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Last Updated: March 23, 2015
We live in Beautiful north Devon, farming in the Exmoor National Park.
My Son and I live on a farm with the house a 1000 feet above sea level,facing Dartmoor. We have a hill farm with about 400 ewes in lamb, 100 ewe lambs in the fields, 15 cows in calf and 50 bullocks which live in the barn in winter. Lambing is mainly done in the barns.
We prefer experienced help, with calving starting early March, lambing end March, although there is plenty of work to do with the stock before this for the farming minded.
A Good keen attitude is needed to help with all aspects of the job, however small or big the task,at whatever time of day or night, this is mainly through calving, lambing. Shifts are taken through lambing, calving.
Someone who will muck in as a team on the farm,help deliver calves, lambs, muck out pens,see to the pigs, chickens etc get their hands dirty, or help prepare the meals for hungry workers.
In the summer time we are shearing, harvesting and need help of many farming hands, we are also transporting and selling lambs to market
You will be provided with accommodation .
We live on the Moor and it is quite remote. Our nearest neighbour is half a mile away.
During lambing and calving, we are incredibly busy and we need help on the farm which does not leave much time for Relaxation, excursions for Socialising, shopping or been driven around seeing the Countryside!
Public transport 4 miles away.
When lambing and calving are finished, we become less hectic and will be able to give you lifts into South Molton, Barnstaple etc.
Exmoor hill farming is a specialist farming activity and can be greatly affected by the weather. We calve and lamb in barn.
Our family has been involved in farming within the UK for over 100 years.
Lambing and calving is extremely rewarding, particularly when there has been a difficult birth. Seeing the young arrive safely into the world and then skipping and jumping around the fields together after a harsh winter is wonderful!
The weather in Devon is incredibly varied. One minute it is bright sunshine, the next it is snowing and an hour later we will have rain. It can be quite cold in the spring as we are high up on the moor, so you will need to bring lots of warm clothes. The summer can be glorious.
We live in an area of Outstanding Beauty,If you like the countryside, walking, riding, cycling, shooting, hunting, surfing, kayaking and fishing you will love it.
We have beautiful flora and fauna on the moor, wild Exmoor ponies, stunning birds of prey, indigenous red deer, we are close to the beautiful mysterious Valley of Lorna Doone and Fabulous North Devon beaches all to be enjoyed at times.
Hill farming is hard work and will give you a varied and practical experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.
If you think you would like to join us for a rewarding time on a hill farm in north Devon this spring, please get in touch.
long or short term availability
We look forward to hearing from you.