Manor Farm

The entrance to Manor Farm
Our Manor Farm neighbours: Helen, Dan, Bertie, Pearce and Tillie (plus Oswald and Bear) - read about them on this page

Newman Farming Partnership

Born in Dorset to a family who have farmed in Cattistock country since the early 1600s, Dan Newman now farms in partnership with his wife, Helen and son Bertie. They farm a commercial organic and conventional suckler herd comprising 400 head of cattle and a sheep flock of 1500 ewes. The extensively managed all grass farm of 1600 acres, part rented and part owned is split over 4 farms in West Dorset. Their daughter, Tillie has recently returned from working in New Zealand and is currently helping during the lambing season.

They moved from Chantmarle Farm to Manor Farm, Cattistock in July 2017, when they purchased the farm, which they had previously rented for 20 years on a temporary basis from the Creswell family. In the year since they purchased the farm, buildings have been erected to house the cattle in the winter months and they have renovated the bungalow where they now live. Bertie lives at the top of the farm at Hill Barn.

Pearce, who lives in Cerne Abbas joined the team on October 2018 and helps them on the farm on a full-time basis.

 

Update February 2020

It has been a very wet Autumn and Winter, but Spring is around the corner….

  • You may note that fencing has progressed to keep cattle and sheep where they should be. The fencing has netting for the sheep and an electric wire on top to prevent cattle pushing their way through.

 

  • The 2019 Harvest was completed – The organic barley grown on the farm is fed to the fattening cattle in the buildings, the straw is used as bedding for the cattle and some is sold for organic mushroom compost.

 

  • Some cattle came into the buildings both here and at Sydling in November, where they are fed each day on Silage and Barley. The feed passages are scraped out daily, the cattle are freshly bedded up and water troughs checked. The muck is stored for a short time in the bunkers by the buildings, then moved to heaps in various fields ready to spread in the spring to help the grass and spring crops grow. Muck is our organic fertiliser. The cattle are weighed once a month to monitor their liveweight gains.

 

  • The sheep stay out all winter and are happy on grass. The Rams went in with the ewes on 5th November, hopefully the ewes are now all in-lamb and due on 01st The lambs born in 2019 have grazed all summer, are weighed regularly to monitor progress, some are sold, with the final one’s going before March.

 

  • Hedge-trimming started in late Autumn, some hedges are only trimmed every other year to comply with the Organic and Stewardship specifications.

 

We are looking forward to Spring and Summer ….

 

If you are interested in the Manor Farm page, and would like to know more about the farm, please contact Peter Farmer.

 

 

 

 

Organic Barley, grown in Observer's field
Wilf Fooks from S.E. Marsh and Dan, discussing the roller settings needed to crack the Barley husk for the cattle
The rolling commences and Will checks that the grain is being cracked to level required
The process underway:  Pearce continually loads the hopper and the Barley is collected in a trailer after being rolled
 Dan tidying up the non-rolled Barley, before dividing the storeroom ready for the transfer of the cracked grain
The organic Barley rolled, ready for feeding to the cattle
The daily scraping out of the indoor feed passages
Some of the straw and hay needed for the winter
 Fresh bedding is provided to the cattle held indoors
Bertie laying down the daily feed of organic barley and hay
The cattle feeding on the rolled Barley and hay
Bertie sets the stanchion of an expanded seed store
A new hard standing provides better access and storage facilities
Investing in a new drive on the edge of Buildings Field
Bertie feeds a weaker Charolais-Angus cross calf with 5:6 litres of organic milk per day
Calves being fed 4 litres of organic milk per day in an isolation unit
Calves in the isolation unit are fed organic milk, then organic cake, while going through the TB testing
A calf receiving special attention to ensure it receives its 4 litres of milk
For the times it is needed, Bertie will administer an injection of an antibiotic
Bertie administers an injection of antibiotic
 Pearce providing organic hay to supplement grass feed in Kennel Lane field
Cattle in Kennel Lane field eating Manor Farm organic hay
A cold spell in winter, but this Ram has already done his job
Toby, Pearce's brother, continues the regular servicing of the farm's tractors
And there is always maintenance to be completed - here Pearce is replacing a hydraulic pipe
Simon, of Ring Fencing, working his way through 7000 metres of new fencing
Pearce and Bertie staking the electric fences