Over 10 years ago Neston Home Farm started the transition to organic farming and in 2003 the Home Farm became certified organic by The Soil Association.
The organic cereal rotation works hand in hand with the dairy and beef. The cereals are used to feed the organic cattle and the organic barley has been used in the production of Fullers Honey Dew Ale.
At Neston we strongly believe that this approach benefits wildlife and livestock. Since turning organic we have noticed a marked increase in the wildlife on the estate and the health of our herds has certainly improved with the less stress, less intensive farming methods we use today.
Our animals are all born and reared on the 1400 acre farm and are cared for by the farm staff, herdsman Paul Fry has to pay particular attention to the feeding and care of our 160 strong herd of Jersey cows to produce the superior milk required for cheese making on the estate and the milk for Ivy House Farm. All the beef and lamb sold in our farm shop is from our own herds and flocks, born and raised here at Neston.
The beef cattle are Aberdeen Angus cross Jersey, reared on red clover pastures to produce a unique flavouring in the meat which is sold in our farmshop.
The sheep in partnership with the Carnie family are a LLyen/mule cross and graze across Neston. The finished lamb has received outstanding reviews from the likes of Raymond Blanc!
The organic jersey milk sold in the shop and used in the cafe is produced on our farm. It is all processed locally into milk cream and butter and sold under the Ivy House Farm label which can not only be found locally but in London High Street Stores including Fortnum & Masons, Harrods and Selfridges!