History

our animals

*Pig breed - Berkshire

Conservation status Rare breed Country of origin England Traits Pig Sus scrofa domesticus Berkshire pigs, also known as Kurobuta, are a rare breed of pig originating from the English county of Berkshire that are bred and raised in several parts of the world, including England, Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The Japanese designation of the breed, Kurobuta, has become like Kobe beef, a preferred branding of a premium grade of pork, that has increased the breed’s popularity in the 21st century and caused this heritage breed’s meat products to command a premium price. Berkshire pigs are an average to large breed, with an average weight at maturity of 600 lb (270 kg). They are a short-legged breed. They have prick ears and a relatively short snout with an upturned nose.

According with list of RBST – Rare Breeds Survivor Trust, there are in England just between 200 to 300 of these.                                                                            

This list is based on estimated numbers of registered breeding females producing pure-bred offspring in the UK.

https://www.rbst.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=8458e1dc-8c37-4bf2-a84c-13b8dc4676c0 

 

 

 

The beautiful unspoilt countryside of Shropshire is home to Clun Valley Organics(CVO).
It is the inspiration of father and son, Trevor and Paul Wheeler, whose family have been at Brynmawr Farm since Victorian times, when Trevor’s great grandfather farmed there . In those days farming was carried out without the use of chemicals. After the World War II chemicals, were introduced to increase food production. However, in 1999 Trevor developed a life changing illness, which meant a radical re-think on the whole ethos of modern farming methods and the use of chemicals. The result is a modern, thriving farming business built on organic principles of free range animal husbandry and chemical-free food crops.

Our farm is very dynamic with many opportunities available to people on holiday, schools, hospitals, students, farmers or everyone individually or in groups.

Through care farming we at Brynmawr aim for individuals to realise their full potential, whatever disadvantages life has thrown at them. We believe that engaging with and caring for animals, tending to plants and vegetables and performing simple productive tasks can help an individual to address their emotional, social and educational needs, growing and learning through farm activities.

This applies to all children and adults, whether they have mental health issues, difficulty remaining in a school or other life problems. Older children and adults will also gain from basic work experience and all will develop some practical skills.

We offer: 

 

Animal husbandry, particularly
handling sheep,and caring for the chickens and cattle.Vegetable and fruit production. Preparing for and helping at farmers markets. Simple machine maintenance and tractor driving.

We aim to provide consistency  and confidence by: Building a positive attitude to learning.

Ensuring regular visits. Building confidence and rapport with the same animals.
Learning  with regular tasks but adding to them at every visit and be non threatening and non judgemental.

We encourage  users to see the benefits of their efforts, giving confidence and self worth as well as  providing skills and experience.        

                   Special thanks to our friend Sylvia Strange for her help to buid this page!                            

 

 

 

 

 

*Traditional Hereford Cattle

The Hereford is a British breed of beef cattle that originated in the county of Herefordshire, in the West Midlands of England and was developed by farmers who expected a beast to work the fields for 5 to 6 years before being sold for fattening. The first Herd Book was published in 1846 and the Breed Society was established in 1878. They are long lived, fertile and maternal. They make great suckler cows and can produce calves at up to 14 years old. The breed is very docile and easily managed. They are also hardy and suited to outwintering. o The Traditional Hereford is much shorter legged than the modern Hereford. o The breed is medium sized, with cows usually weighing 450-550kg and bulls 750-850kg. o The breed is red in colouring with white stripes along the back and underside of the belly. o The breed’s defining feature is the famous white face. o Animals are usually horned although the horns are often removed.

*Highland Cattle

The Highland cattle are a Scottish cattle breed. They have long horns and long, wavy, wooly coats that are coloured black, brown, yellow, white, gray, “silver” (white but with a black nose and ears), or tan, and they also may be brindled. Highlands are raised primarily for their meat. They originated in the Highlands and Outer Hebrides islands of Scotland and were first mentioned in the 6th century AD.They have since been exported worldwide. They are a hardy breed, having been bred to withstand the conditions in the Scottish Highlands.

Their long hair gives the breed its ability to overwinter. Bulls can weigh up to 800 kilograms and cows can up to 500 kilograms. Their milk generally has a very high butterfat content, and their meat, regarded as of the highest quality, is gaining mainstream acceptance as it is lower in cholesterol than other varieties of beef.

*Hill Radnor sheep

The Hill Radnor is a native hill breed from the Welsh and English border shires of Radnor, Hereford, Monmouth and Brecon – now classed as rare with less than 900 breeding ewes remaining in the UK. With its light grey-brown to brown head and legs, strong body and full, cream-coloured fleece, the Hill Radnor stands out amongst hill sheep. Thrifty to keep and docile by nature, the breed is as at home on the large farm as it is on the smallholding. The Hill Radnor Flock Book Society has been working to promote and support the Hill Radnor sheep since 1949. Like many native breeds, it has suffered a decline in number in recent decades and was particularly affected by the Foot and Mouth cull of 2001 in its traditional home counties.

*Our Chickens

Our chicken is a mix of some breeds (Plymouth Rock, Orpingtyon, Black Rock with cock New Hampshire)    living free range. Our team works to provide the best to ours chickens, to avoid stress or any disease