I started the flock, with the help of my family, after the BSE crisis and my concern over what my family was eating, where it came from and how it was reared. I also wanted to help save a rare breed and produce food organically.
I had always been interested in keeping sheep, so before I started I researched rare breeds, particularly those termed ‘at risk’ and in need of support. I also attended a multitude of courses and conferences from lamb finishing to butchery.
After careful research, I decided upon the Manx Loaghtan, a primitive rare breed, for its many qualities. It is lower in fat and cholesterol than commercial breeds, is slow maturing producing lamb with a great depth of flavour and splendid mutton. It produces a great quality carcass, with a good meat to bone ratio.
Apart from choosing the right breed it was also extremely important to me to be organic.
As soon as I started the flock we converted all our land to organic production and joined the Soil Association, as it has the highest organic standards in the UK.
In 2001 we won our first National Organic Food Award and have won at the Awards every year since, including winning the award for Britain’s best lamb and mutton. We have a growing customer base and it's great so many people are interested in not only our sheep but also how we farm and care for our hay meadows and pastures.
I know all my 150 sheep, and care for them every day. All our lambs are born and reared on the farm. None are bought in. I am helped by fabulous stockwoman, Faye; my sheepdog Trim, and my family.
This website tells you exactly what we do, how we rear our sheep and run our farm. Our farm shop page shows what is for sale.
I would be delighted to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments or would like to place an order, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Mrs Jane Kallaway
01249 750 095