Knoll Farm Today

Today, Knoll Farm remains a commercial working farm and has since 1976 operated at a Beef and Sheep enterprise. It focuses on producing quality beef and lamb under the Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb scheme.  Prior to 1976, the farm had operated as a primarily dairy farm with some sheep and beef animals.

We maintain a suckler herd with a small core of Pedigree South Devon cows to produce replacement cows.  The "commercial" cows are South Devon x Limosine to produce a more "beefy" calf, but also to retain the greater size of the South Devon and greater amounts of milk in the cow for rearing the calf.  The commercial cows are then crossed with a Charolais Bull to produce large, low fat, high muscle cattle for beef.

The sheep enterprise comprises "mule" ewes and suffolk x mule ewes, which are crossed with a charolais ram.

The continental breeds produce animals with less fat, which is what is demanded into days market place.  This is driven by the supaermarkets who want to sell lean meat to the customer without trimming off quantities of fat as waste.

The farm operates from a different site to the holiday cottages, so that there should be no disturbance from animal smells or noises during your stay with us.

Approximately 300 acres are farmed over the knoll and stretching down over the south and east faces and onto the flat land below. 

We will be pleased by arrangement to take guests on a tour of the farm where they can see the Brentmarse Herd of Pedigree South Devon Cattle and Mule Ewes and experience a taste of life on the farm. During the summer months, the animals are grazing the grassland on the farm so we cannot guarantee how close to the cottages the animals will be.

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Yearling Cattle enjoying the sun enjoying
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Shearing the sheep
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South Devon cow in a field
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Mule sheep in a field
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sheep in a field
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South Devon cows with viewing of Brent Knoll
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Packing the wool after shearing
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Sheep and calf in a field
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South Devon cow
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Preparing the grass for foraging
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Sheep
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Establishing the pecking order
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Shearing a sheep
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View from the top of Brent Knoll
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Charolais Bull
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Calfs in a field