We began our adventure with Heritage Graziers over 4 years ago. It’s been an incredible journey, with lots of highs and plenty of lows too.
We are first generation farmers – that means that neither of our parents are farmers. James has extended family that farm, and he grew up spending school holidays helping out at lambing time and creating many fond memories, but Katie is the first in her family to farm. Not coming from a farming family means there was no family farm to inherit or run and a career in agriculture was something we both had to discover and make happen for ourselves.
'Farming without a farm' has required a serious amount of commitment, graft and passion over the last few years but we have built up our own herd and flock, a loyal customer base and we are gaining a reputation for grazing in an environmentally sensitive way.
We are committed to native breeds and a pasture fed livestock farming system; we are excited about the future of Heritage Graziers and look forward to extending our work in the Cotswolds countryside to preserve wildlife, improve soil health and produce high welfare, sustainable beef and lamb.
If you want to hear a bit more about how we got into farming we did an interview with Will Evans for the Rock and Roll farming podcast which you can listen to below
We also did an interview with Ben Eagle for the Meet the farmers podcast about what we are doing now at the Bruern Estate
We were asked by AgriWebb to be part of a virtual 'Farm Walk' they were putting on during the Covid-19 lockdown:
"Producing 100% grass-fed beef and lamb"
(Fidelity Weston, Pasture for Life and James Allen, Heritage Graziers)
Finally Katie did a slot for BBC2's Back To The Land with Kate Humble (series 2, episode 11) to talk about her wool business Loopy Ewes.