Introducing the suckler herd

Open Farm Sunday at Quarry Farm a great success

Around 100 visitors went to Quarry Farm  near East Allington on Sunday to see for themselves how a mixed farm in South Devon operates in the 21st Century. John Warne and his family along with various volunteers ensured there was plenty to see and do. It was one of 400 farms open across the country.

The event supported by The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was an opportunity for visitors to see sheep shearing by local farmer David Camp and to hear about why they are shorn and the value of the wool.  The farm walk looked at the flock of sheep and the suckler cow herd.  This was followed by a round baling demonstration by Jon Haddy Agricultural Contracting and a bale wrapping demonstration.  Agronomist Emma Dennis talked through the management of the barley crop and what the grower needs to take into consideration to ensure the optimum output with the help of her puppet Freddie Fox!

Back in the farmyard there were plenty of children’s activities ranging from animal mask making to ‘Farmigami’, and an eye spy quiz.  Adults could try their luck at the old farmhouse-farm implement  object competition There was also a fantastic spread of cakes to enjoy throughout the afternoon with proceeds from donations being split between the Devon Air Ambulance and RABI.

Farmer John Warne said ‘ It was a pleasure to welcome the public onto the farm for the 2nd year. The children especially were keen to know about how the animals are looked after and get close to real life farming and have a greater understanding of how their food is produced..” Diane Lethbridge of South Devon AONB commented “The theme for this year was focusing on technology and it was clear to everyone who came along that this is an important feature of modern day farming and goes hand in hand with looking after the environment."