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the farm
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The family have lived on this land for generations.

East Knitsley Grange Farm is, and has always been, a mixed farm with a strong emphasis on livestock production. The farm is 200 acres in size made up of predominantly grassland. The farm lies within the lowlands of North West Durham and stands at around 600ft sea level. The soil type is a clay loam and generally heavy and reasonably difficult to work. Our main enterprises are suckler cows with followers, a 240 head breeding ewe flock, and a small fattening and breeding system for pigs. We grow winter barley which is used purely for livestock feed and animal bedding. Our hen flock also produces free range eggs for the farm shop.

We are very committed to looking after our beautiful environment and for 10 years we have been active members of the Countryside Stewardship scheme, having carried out much tree planting, hedge planting and maintenance, and protection of ancient pasture and watercourses.

We are a very self sufficient and sustainable unit which involves production, processing, catering and retailing and providing as much employment for local people (currently 24 full time employees and 23 part time).