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We thought you might like to know the history of our organic farm and animals at Sopley so we'll begin with some background information.
My wife Lizzie and I have farmed this land traditionally since 1989 and after 10 years decided to apply for organic status. In April 1999, all 200 acres became fully certified by the 'Soil Association'. This means we guarantee not to use any artificial fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, hormones or prophylactic drugs when rearing our animals, and to feed them 100% naturally. This, to us, is just good organic practice and something we have done for many years. Because of this , and our traditional hanging methods, the taste and quality of our organic meat is exceptional.l
Owls Barn Organic Farm is situated on the eastern edge of the New Forest on the Hampshire - Dorset border in the village of Sopley. Just click HERE for a map. (You can zoom in or out, get directions and print etc.)
Our land is made up of ESA water meadows on the River Avon and parkland that was once part of Sopley Manor House. 100 acres of further land is farmed at Hillside farm, 2 miles away at Ripley, which is rough pasture converted from forestry in the 1950's.
Owls Barn Farm and farm shop were converted from the old Wheelwright's workshop on the former Sopley Estate in 1995.
Under an organic system you need hardy, disease resistant stock. We find that traditional English Hereford cattle and Dorset Horn or Poll Dorset sheep suit the organic system best. We also keep Llanwenog sheep, which lamb in the spring, whilst the Dorset sheep lamb in the autumn, providing the shop with fresh, tasty meat all year round. All our animals are fed a completely organic, natural diet of grass, hay and cereal feeds.
We hope you enjoy our exceptional cuts of meat, home made sausages and burgers available from our Farm Shop. We also offer organic vegetables from Sunnyfields Farm, near Totton, so that you can offer all your family completely organic tasty meals from the local area.
In the summer of 2005 the New Forest Marque was lauched, which is the Mark of free range produce, produced within the boundries of the New Forest, which we at Owls Barn complies with as an organic farm and farm shop. Our pork comes from free rangeing pigs some of which have pannaged for acorns in the Forest, these help to make our delicious New Foest breakfast sausage.
Creation date : 07/03/2007 @ 22:00
Last update : 31/07/2008 @ 20:05
Category : Dorset
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