Newton Grange Farm is a 240 acre working sheep farm that has been in our family since the 1980s. The farm is a mixture of grassland for grazing our sheep flock and woodland copses and shelter belts which support a range of bird life.
The farm came back in hand in 2000 when a period of restoration and renewal began, first updating the Grade II listed buildings – the farmhouse and the Chapel – and later converting some of the farm buildings in to self catering cottages.
A new Texel Cross sheep flock was introduced to the farm in October 2002 after the Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic had affected the Craven area in 2001. The sheep farming business has continued to grow and evolve ever since. Lambing takes place intensively from the middle of March to late April every year when our shepherd is ably assisted by teams of veterinary students on placement from Glasgow, Nottingham and Liverpool Universities. The students stay on site and assist with lambing during the day and night. They are a great help! The experience provides them with invaluable training with guidance from our shepherd and his wife, a qualified vet. We received a lovely little thank you note this year.
All the lambing takes place indoors when our farm buildings are full to bursting with expectant ewes and their newborn lambs.
When the new lambs are strong enough, and depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time, they go out in to the fields.
One of the finest sights in springtime is that of the sheep and their newborn lambs skipping along in the meadows around Newton Grange. The brightness of the yellow daffodils on the banking, the sound of bleating in the distance and the morning birdsong – it is in these moments that we truly know and appreciate the rural retreat that we are live in and are lucky enough to share with others who visit us from all over the world.