The Farmer and Her objectives
I breed cattle and farm for several reasons, the strongest and least commercial one is that I grew up in another country in a hill farming family with generations of involvement with the land and animals and feel a particular connection with cattle.
Conservation of soil and and concern about the cutting down of the rain forest were particular concerns of my grandfather and mother. These were not the commonplace topics they now are. I grew up with a strong sense of the importance of human activity needing to be sustainable. I believe that farming traditional breeds of animals in an extensive way is how I can get closest to my ideal of good land management and high levels of welfare.
Ashott Barton is a 350 acre Beef and Sheep hill farm on Exmoor. We have two medium sized herds of Pedigree Devon and Dexter Cattle. During the summer each herd has free range over hill, valleys, streams and wildflower meadows. The farm has three county wild life sites, and is managed for maximum biodiversity and animal welfare.
We are situated in Exmoor National Park in stunning surroundings. The diversity of habitat and species on our land is something we delight in and which adds to the quality of our cattle. Click the link below to see and read about the environment which holds the foundation of the Ashott Barton herd.