Agriculture at Whirlow
Whirlow Hall Farm is a 52 hectare (ha) farm situated on the southwest edge of Sheffield. The farm is predominantly grass, and runs a flock of around 200 ewes, which are mainly North Country Mules. These are crossed with a Texel or Suffolk ram. The lambs are finished slowly to give a fuller flavour to the meat. The majority of the meat goes to the farm shop with the rest being sold at Bakewell Market.
The farm also runs a small herd of Aberdeen Angus and Galloway suckler cows. These are crossed with our Shorthorn bull, named Colin. The calves stay with their mothers for about seven months, at which point they are weaned. They remain on the farm until they are around two years old before they go to slaughter in Chesterfield. They are then hung for 28 days after which they come back to the farm shop. This keeps our food miles down to a minimum.
Whirlow also has a pig unit housing about 20 sows. They produce about 11 piglets, usually twice a year. These are then fattened up and keep the shop well supplied with pork joints, sausages, bacon, gammon and pork pies. We also keep 300 free-range hens for their eggs and 100 turkeys for Christmas.
Last edited on mlSep 2nd, 2015