The Holme Lacy Campus Organic Estate and farm is situated on the banks of the River Wye, 4 miles south of Hereford. The estate totals 224 hectares, including 55 hectares of woodland (some of it ancient woodland) and 155 hectares of farmland. The farm comprises approx 43.5 hectares of permanent pasture or long term leys, including the partly wooded Deer Park, 5.5 hectares of cider apple orchards and 106 hectares of land suitable for arable/vegetable cropping.
The farm specialises in producing the finest quality organic beef and lamb from livestock raised on the estate. The cattle are all pedigree Herefords and all are registered with the Hereford Cattle Society. The farm breeds its own replacement cattle and 5 heifers will enter the breeding herd each year, calving down at around two years old. The farm currently runs a flock of over 400 pure-bred Lleyn ewes and 9 Rams (Lleyn, Suffolk, Charollais). As with the cattle, the ewe lamb replacements are home bred, with approximaaley 90 entering the breeding flock each year.
Farm tours are a popular event. Each year a wide range of organisations, student groups, research bodies and general public take part in tours of the College Estate and Farm. Tours are a good way to promote the College, the farm and it’s produce and to discuss the benefits of organic farming to the environment.
If you would like to find out more about what happens at Pound Farm, why not arrange a farm visit by contacting the Farm Enterprise Co-ordinator:
Telephone: 01432 870316