February and so it begins…

At present guests are unable to join us at Bampfield during this special time of the year.  So we are sending our activities to you as all the baby calves are being born. Farmer Neil and Josh have had 80 new mums and calves to care for. So far we have 30 dairy heifers, these will be reared and join the herd in 2 years time. The beef calves Aberdeen Angus’s and British Blue calves are being sold to a neighbour.

Each calf has valuable colostrum to give it all the goodness and immunity for the best start in life.

As soon as the weather improves the cows will make their way to the field and graze the lush grass. Our milk is rich and creamy, ideal for making cheese. More about farmer Neil’s cheese next month.

At Bampfield Farm Holiday cottages the guest can get involved with feeding the animals.

Bampfield Sultana Cake, a firm family favourite. Delicious with a cup of tea before heading off to do the milking.

This cake is moist and keeps well.

225g/8oz Sultanas

100g/4oz butter cut in small squares

175g/6oz sugar use less if you prefer.

2 small beaten eggs

A little almond essence

175g/ 6oz self-raising flour

50g/2oz chopped nuts ( optional)

  1. Cover sultanas with water and soak overnight, next day bring to the boil.
  2. Strain sultanas and mix in butter while still hot.
  3. Add eggs, sugar and almond essence.
  4. Sift in flour.
  5. Add nuts and mix well ( optional)
  6. Grease tin 20cm line with baking paper.
  7. Tip in cake mixture.
  8. Bake in moderate oven 180 for 30 mins. Lower heat to 150 and cook until firm in the centre.

 

 

Farm Diary January 2021

Happy New Year.

We know many guests care about where their food comes from and how it is produced, that’s why we’re inviting you to make a new year’s resolution that matters by backing British farming in 2021.

Here are a couple of suggestions

www.countrysideonline.co.uk/extra-content/make-a-new-years-resolution-that-matters/

Back British Farming have 31 ideas to help you eat a balanced diet and stay healthy in these challenging times.

 

Over the next few months we will be sharing our favourite Bampfield recipes using very local produce.

Bampfield Hunters Chicken.

This is a dish to cook for farmer Neil’s lunch after a busy morning working in the countryside.

Free range chicken, jointed, or use 4 chicken pieces.

Salt and pepper, 8 bay leaves, rosemary sprigs, 2 cloves sliced garlic, 1 crushed.

Half a bottle Chianti, flour, olive oil, 2x 400g chopped tomatoes.

(optional 6 anchovy fillets & olives)

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, place in a bowl, add bay leaves, rosemary and crushed garlic and cover with wine. Cover bowl and marinade for 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.

Preheat oven 180 C/340 F. Drain chicken and reserve the marinade. Dry chicken with kitchen paper then dust with flour. Heat a pan add splash of oil, fry the chicken until

lightly brown, put to one side.

In pan fry sliced garlic until brown, add anchovies, olives, tomatoes and chicken with marinade. Bring to the boil, cover and place in oven for 1 ½ hours.

Skim off excess oil which collects on top of the sauce, then stir, taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with salad, mashed or baked potatoes or cannellini beans.

The remaining Chianti can be enjoyed in the evening after the milking has been done.

Farm animals at Bampfield Farm Self Catering holiday cottages.

Here is a sample of Bampfield Halloumi cheese.                                  Fizz the kitten loves finding new hiding places.

Autumn activities on the Farm

Farmer Neil has been making Bampfield halloumi cheese using our own milk during lockdown. Our family say it is the best they have tasted.

He has also grown abundant vegetables, some days we were getting 10-12 courgettes!

Lynda has been making homemade gin with the soft fruit and at the moment gooseberry and elderflower is the favourite tipple.

As farmers we care about our sourcing our food locally and caring about our environment for the future generations. One of our priorities is to produce electric therefore reducing our carbon footprint. So in September we installed 40 kw of solar panels on our calf shed roof.

During October and November we generated 2000 kw, which is 67% of the farm requirements, this equates to powering 4,000 homes for 1 hour.

Terry the turbine produces 32,055 kw per year 50% of this power is exported onto the grid, this equates to  powering 9250 homes for 1 hour.

 

RICOH IMAGING

Wildlife Spotting at Bampfield Farm Cottages

Skylark Nest

Woodpecker

Here at Bampfield Farm we have seen an abundance of wildlife and flowers this summer.

Wagtails are nesting in the gas tank, Swallows have made their home in the children’s playhouse we will have to rename the house. Yellow Hammers have been singing and a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Mr Robin come for breakfast most mornings.

A trail camera has been used to monitor the Swallows as they build their nest and rear their family we can share this with our guests.

Farmer Neil has been protecting a Skylark nest with 3 baby chicks in it. Mummy Skylark had laid her nest in a field on the ground where the 250 cows were going to graze. He put a fence around her to protect the little family, they have now flown the nest (it only takes 3 weeks for Skylarks to fledge)

We adopted 2 baby hedgehogs which were released into the organic vegetable garden, each hedgehog has their own hedgehog house to live in (they have 5000-7000 spikes on their back)

Our Barn Owls have reared chicks again this year. A Barn Owl takes 63 days to grow from an egg to an adult.

May and June we saw stunning sunrises, sunsets and a rainbow at night which gives us all a sign of hope.

Neil and Hannah have made a new vegetable plot with every kind of vegetable growing so we will soon be self- sufficient.

We are looking forward to guests returning soon, then you will be able to see the wildlife and flowers for yourselves.

Sunset

Hedgehog house

Mr Bumble bee

Spring has arrived at Bampfield buy Local British Food

new born calf
New life on the farm

 

 

new born calf
Lots of jobs for everyone

 

Here at Bampfield Farm, Lynda and Neil are missing our guests at this time of the year.

Guests who have been before are familiar with life on the farm, however because holidays are sadly unavailable at the moment, we thought we could share some of the things that have been happening this spring.

Our 250 herd of cows have had their 6 week holiday (we give them a rest from milking) They began calving in February, March and April. Now we have 180 calves to feed.

Young dairy heifers are being fed milk in the field with our new feeding system.

After they are weaned they munch on grass and cereals.

Bampfield’s dairy herd are working hard to feed the nation.

They are in the field eating grass for 290 days of the year. Neil measures the grass on the farm each week to ensure he has enough grass to feed the cows.

Our cows eat 22 tonnes of grass a day.  In a week it will be 154 Tonnes.

40,000 litres or 70,390 pints of milk have been produced this week for Arla milk co-operative.

So when you eat your cheese or pour milk on your cereals say a big thankyou to all your British farmers.

Last week we supplied 65 tonnes of free range chickens to supermarkets across the country, alongside other farmers we are doing our bit to keep the nation fed.

When this challenge is over our farm holiday co-operative will be here to welcome you back into the countryside. I am sure you will join with us as we celebrate and appreciate our food as well as the environment which we strive to look after for the nation.

Here at Bampfield Farm, Lynda and Neil are missing our guests at this time of the year.

Guests who have been before are familiar with life on the farm, however because holidays are sadly unavailable at the moment, we thought we could share some of the things that have been happening this spring.

Our 250 herd of cows have had their 6 week holiday (we give them a rest from milking) They began calving in February, March and April. Now we have 180 calves to feed.

Young dairy heifers are being fed milk in the field with our new feeding system.

After they are weaned they munch on grass and cereals.

Bampfield’s dairy herd are working hard to feed the nation.

They are in the field eating grass for 290 days of the year. Neil measures the grass on the farm each week to ensure he has enough grass to feed the cows.

Our cows eat 22 tonnes of grass a day.  In a week it will be 154 Tonnes.

40,000 litres or 70,390 pints of milk have been produced this week for Arla milk co-operative.

So when you eat your cheese or pour milk on your cereals say a big thankyou to all your British farmers.

Last week we supplied 65 tonnes of free range chickens to supermarkets across the country, alongside other farmers we are doing our bit to keep the nation fed.

When this challenge is over our farm holiday co-operative will be here to welcome you back into the countryside. I am sure you will join with us as we celebrate and appreciate our food as well as the environment which we strive to look after for the nation.

Spotlight on Bampfield Farm Cottages

animal feeding children
stay on a farm, daily farm activities, family friendly holidays.

Our Dairy Cows

At Bampfield Farm, children and adults help collect eggs for their breakfast, feed and walk the goats or brush the ponies. They also offer pony rides for young children, swings, slides, and a playroom packed with toys and games.

Their farm tour includes seeing the milking of our free range cows, and catching a glimpse of all the wildlife around the farm. Guests return time and time again for the tranquil peace and relaxation that is found here on the farm.

Lynda, who owns and runs Bampfield Farm alongside her husband, has a long history with the farm having lived and worked there her whole life. The only time she has moved away from the farm was when she studied at Bicton Agricultural College. However, even then she came home every weekend to help with the milk round and milking of the cows.

When we asked Lynda about why she started the holiday cottages she said, ‘Farming income fluctuates so my mum and I set up Bampfield Farm Cottages because as the old saying goes, “don’t put your eggs all in one basket”. I am often heard saying this to the guests as they collect their eggs for breakfast!’

Snow, snow come out in the snow….

    

Our cows enjoyed  jumping and charging around in  snow for a couple of hours in the morning before coming home for more feed a rest in comfy beds before milking began. Our farmers  were not so pleased with stormy weather, there was no excuse to not go to work with water pipes frozen, calves being born it was all hands on deck at Bampfield. We cleared a lane of snow for the milk tanker to collect our milk, however they could not arrive from the factory so fresh milk was thrown away, this happened to other dairy farmers too, hence there was a  milk shortage in the shops. We have now had 75 lovely jersey  heifer calves who will join the herd in a couple of years.

Just around the corner is spring  and this Easter we have chicks arriving they are very cute, yellow and fluffy.

We have spring activities for  our visitors  for all of April. Easter egg hunts at locations across North Devon including  National Trust places.

North Devon Spring places to visit…

Marwood gardens with its large collection of camellias and rhododendrons and multiple flowers, there is also a tea room.

Anyone fancy a pint?!

“I’m off for a pint in the beer garden… who’s coming?!”

Autumn has arrived at Bampfield so the young cows enjoyed a nice walk back through the village to go to their winter accommodation, where they will be warm and cozy.

The last of this years kittens have settled into to their new homes well, Bettie and Bertie have gone to Axbridge and Tarzan and Jane have gone to a neighbouring farm.

We are now taking bookings for 2018 – If you book before the end of December you will get a Spring hamper when you arrive, take a look at our special offer page.

The calves are so cute!

Spring has defiantly arrived, we now have 140 newly born calves and for those of you who are unable to come and stay I have taken a few photos for you to see. We have a few farming weekends still available, please check for availability, or  book  ahead for 2018 and experience a holiday to remember in our lovely cottages, hidden away in North Devon.

‘Monty’ the calf loves having her photo taken, she has been growing well and enjoys her add lib yogurt. We will be following her progress over the next few months.

Farmer Lynda has taken a few pictures, let us know on face book which calf you think has the cutest face,  choose a name for her and I will endeavour to take a selfie.

Monty the calf
newly born calves