Old Farm

A 300 acre mixed family farm with sheep, Hereford beef, Glamrock pigs, arable, horses, hens, farm shop, B&B and camping field. The farm is part of Batsford Estate and was used as the location for “Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen” filmed for BBC1 in 2013.

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You’re Hired!

OK, so it’s never going to be big bucks and we’re hardly Alan Sugar but we are looking for an apprentice to join us.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship (our ad will be live from 14/4)

Enthusiastic person needed to work on our mixed farm. Successful applicant will gain experience with sheep, beef, pigs and arable as well as learning about other parts of the business including meat processing, retail, tourism and book-keeping (if interested!)

Closing date

31 May 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £6,708

    National Minimum Wage will be paid for any overtime hours.

  • Working week

    Days and shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
    Level 2 (GCSE)

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • feeding and checking stock daily
  • cleaning and bedding up stock pens
  • husbandry tasks (eg. worming, dagging, foot trimming)
  • tractor work
  • meat processing/packing
  • help in farm shop (re-stocking, serving customers)
  • help with holiday accommmodation and camp site (cleaning/mowing grass)

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Hartpury College – 1 day a week in term time
  • On the job training at Old Farm
  • First Aid, PA1, PA6, Telescopic Handler (Hartpury)
  • Health and Safety/Food Hygiene (on-line)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Our previous apprentice went on to a full time job on a 3000 acre estate.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness, Driving licence essential, Previous animal experience

Things to consider

We are a mixed working farm and have to work outside in all weathers. The role will include carrying bags of feed (20kg) and small bales of hay, catching sheep/turning them over & tractor driving. The candidate will also gain experience with pigs,cattle, alpacas, horses, arable work, meat processing/packing (sausages), retail & hospitality.

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) desired

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Easter Opening

We will be open as usual this Easter weekend – Friday and Saturday, 9.30am – 2.00pm.

Still taking orders for fresh lamb (chops, racks, half legs and half shoulders) and pork (loin and shoulder joints) with plenty of beef, sausages and burgers in the freezer…

 

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Calm after the storm…

I hope you didn’t suffer any damage in the storm last night, we just had a slight roofing issue on the grain barn but it’s looking a bit cooler and calmer over the weekend thank goodness.

Fresh this week:
Sausages – plain pork
Pork – Loin chops, spare ribs, belly,
tenderloins, leg & shoulder joints

Smoked salmon – sliced and trimmings
Smoked mackerel
Cheeses – Somerset Brie, Oxford Blue, Barbers Cheddar, Dorset Red, Double Gloucester

Click here for Farm Shop stock list 
(NB. not all items are in stock every week)

We still have a few Christmas items left in the freezer and some other items on special offer:

Barn reared cockerels £6.50/kg – 3.7kg, 4.5kg, 4.6kg
Free range turkey (half) - 4.3kg @ £35.00
Free range turkey crown – 3.6kg @ £50.00
Pork and apple burgers (4 pack) @ £2.00/pack
Pork and apple sausages (6 pack) @ £3.00/pack
Hog roast sausages (6 pack) @ £3.00pack – with pork, apple and sage (basically a pig roast in a sausage!)
Selected bacon (in the open chiller)- half price
Bacon bits and mis-shapes – buy one, get one free

Limited availability on some items so please let me know if you’d like anything reserved.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your weekend menu the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) have published some great recipes in the “The Ultimate Fakeaway Guide”  and this week is Farmhouse Breakfast week, click here for some tasty ideas which to be honest, we’d eat at any time!!

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January update

As we go into another lockdown we’d like to remind you that we can be very flexible about shopping to minimise the risks. We are officially open on Fridays and Saturdays 9.30am to 2.00pm but are more than happy to arrange for you to come to the shop outside these hours or to arrange for a no-contact collection – see details below.

To see what we have available in the shop please go to current farm shop price list page. This is not a full list of what we have but it will give you an idea. We have added cheese, tinned tomatoes and flour (plain and self-raising) to our normal stock items and we have fresh veg in fro W R Haines every week. If there’s anything  else you’d like to see on the shelves let me know and we’ll see what we can do.

 

Ways to buy:

1. Come to the shop during our opening hours (Fri/Sat, 9.30am – 2.00pm). We are operating a 1 in/1 out policy so please bear with us and we will be as quick as possible. Just wait outside (not too close to other customers) or in your car.

2. Make an appointment by phone (07846 980707) or e-mail (sarah@oldfarmdorn.co.uk) and come to the shop out of hours at a mutually convenient time.

3. If you are high risk or self isolating but are able to get to the shop then place your order, I will send an invoice via PayPal (no PayPal account required, just enter your card details), let me know when you are coming and I’ll leave your order out in a cool box outside the shop. I will disinfect these after each customer but it may be a good idea to wear gloves too.

4. We may be able to organise a delivery if you are really unable to get to Dorn…

 

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Christmas 2020, orders now open

We have added some extra items to the order form this year to try and help you prepare safely. Take a look at our Christmas page and get your orders in asap.  We are only allowing one group (max 2 people) at a time in the shop and can offer out of hours collection if you just want to pre-order your shopping.

Stay safe and please get in touch if there’s anything we can do to help…

 

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Farm update

Sorry for lack of updates lately, we are in limbo waiting to get on with the harvest.  So far we have managed to combine the peas and winter wheat, we just need to get the straw baled and get on with the spring barley and spring wheat. It will only take us 2 days to cut but at this rate we’re not sure when that will be!  Simon still has about 10 days of combining for other people too so lets hope for some dry weather soon, luckily the combine we have now is on tracks rather than wheels which means he can still work even if the ground is a bit wet without compacting the soil.

On a positive note, all this rain has given us plenty of grass and the lambs and cattle are growing well. We have weaned the lambs to let the ewes recover so that they’ll be in good condition for tupping time in October.  3 sows have farrowed in the last couple of weeks (the piglets are at the farm if you want to come and see them), they would have been ready for us to take to our Farmtastic area at Moreton Show. There are still a few days left to enter the Moreton Show children’s competitions: Best Dressed Farmer, Guess the Balloons In Tractor, Farmtastic re-cycled & Vegetable Farm Animals. Entries need to be in by September 1st, check out the Moreton Show Facebook Page for more details and sorry, under 16s only!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Take a look at Joseph’s Amazing Camels, they are hosting a countryside show and camel racing extravaganza on Saturday 29th August, 12.00 – 5.00pm. Numbers will be limited so it may be a good idea to pre-book tickets, click here to go to their website for more information…

If you would like to help yourselves (during shop hours) we have apples, pears and damsons in the orchard. There are sheep, alpacas and a calf in the orchard who will be happy to see you but please use the foot-dip and wash any windfalls well!  Come and see me in the shop first so I know you are there.

Fresh this week – sausages (plain & spicy dragons), gammon joints and steaks, bacon – smoked and plain.
Fresh next week – more sausages, pork chops and joints
To see what we have available in the shop please go to current farm shop price list page. This is not a full list of what we have but will give you an idea and I will update as stock becomes available or runs out.

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2020 Open Farm Sunday (virtually…)

We were sorry not to be able to open up the farm last weekend for Open Farm Sunday but thanks to Laura and Ben you can take a quick virtual farm tour from the safety of your screen. We should do more of these at different times of the year, watch this space!

Virtual Farm Walk

For the updated Farm Shop price list – click here…

 

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Price list and new policy

To see what we have available in the shop please go to current farm shop price list page. This is not a full list of what we have but will give you an idea and I will update as stock becomes available or runs out.

Update 21/5/20:

Apologies for lack of farm updates over the last few weeks, I am usually a bit behind in the office department and just want to get the stock list out but I am so late this week another 5 minutes won’t make much difference!  We finished lambing a few weeks ago, what great weather we had to turn out the 500+ lambs, we didn’t need the waterproof jackets this year. The ewes don’t need their woolly coats either now, Simon is over halfway through the shearing and has treated himself to a ”Shearing Module” which makes handling the sheep a lot easier and a back aid, basically a grown up baby bouncer. After 6 hours of shearing yesterday he said his back wasn’t too bad – just his arms and legs were a bit achy! The cows have been busy too with all but 2 of the 17 producing healthy calves so far and good news today, we had a clear TB test so the herd will be heading out to grass over the weekend…

 

Ways to buy:
1. Come to the shop during our opening hours (Fri/Sat, 9.30am – 2.00pm). We are operating a 1 in/1 out policy so please bear with us and we will be as quick as possible. Just wait outside (not too close to other customers) or in your car.

2. Make an appointment by phone (07846 980707) or e-mail (sarah@oldfarmdorn.co.uk) and come to the shop out of hours at a mutually convenient time.

3. If you are high risk or self isolating but are able to get to the shop then place your order, I will send an invoice via PayPal (no PayPal account required, just enter your card details), let me know when you are coming and I’ll leave your order out in a cool box outside the shop. I will disinfect these after each customer but it may be a good idea to wear gloves too.

4. We may be able to organise a delivery if you are really unable to get to Dorn…

 

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Lambing 2020

It’s officially started, and we were ready for a change (well, just about!). The lambing pens are filling up and hopefully we can start turning them out if the forecast is good (early next week looks promising). We do have some little rain coats at the ready just in case though, best to be prepared…

I have been busy sausage making for us, Bakery on the Water and Adam Henson’s Farm Park, big quantities are not so daunting now I have my new sausage stuffer/linker in place. I have only managed to run it at half speed so far, it all gets a bit frantic if I try to go too fast!

We will have fresh sausages and pork next week and we are planning to have fresh beef and lamb for Easter so please get your orders in if there’s anything special you’d like.

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2020 resolutions

Ok, so we’ve left it a bit late for New Year resolutions but we do have a few thoughts for the year.  We did try and calculate our Carbon Footprint last year for Open Farm Sunday and came up with a figure (showing a carbon credit) that was probably wildly inaccurate but it did get us thinking. Luckily some greater minds than ours have been on the case and they have come up with the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit. We are about to embark on the process, watch this space to see how we get on.  We’ll let you know the good, bad and ugly points – we assume that the way we farm here is sustainable but are to happy to make changes where needed if we can do things better.  We are also in the second year of a 5 year trial with Thames Water looking at improving soil health using a no-till regime (no ploughing) – yields weren’t great for year 1 but hopefully by year 5 we will see both improvements and savings.

We will continue to stock the cleaning product re-fills from SESI and Green My Business, please let us know if there is anything else you’d like us to have.

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