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Slack House Farm, Cumbria

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Slack House Farm, Cumbria

Slack House Farm lies just north of Hadrians wall in Cumbria and a roman road from nearby Birdoswald crosses the fields. The farm makes cheese with milk from the Ayrshire dairy cows and has a flock of sheep. Why not visit or stay on the farm to find out more…

Organic sheep and cows

The farm has a herd of 30 pedigree Ayrshire dairy cows. Their milk is used to make Slack House Farm's wonderful Ayrshire cheese which is produced in the on-farm dairy. The remainder of the milk is sold wholesale. The flock of 40 sheep give birth to lambs in the spring which are reared on the organic pastures.

Wildlife

The farm is encouraging wildlife on the farm by planting new hedgerows and leaving wide margins alongside the streams and becks. These areas are homes for a range of insects, birds and mammals - including voles which provide food for kestrels and owls. The marshy areas provide ideal habitats for birds like curlew and snipe.

Cheese making

Ayrshire milk is very creamy and makes wonderful cheese. The farm makes cheese every week and the process can be seen from a viewing gallery in the visitor barn. Having been stored in special conditions to mature, the cheese is sold direct from the farm or at local farmers markets. Unpasteurised milk is also available. The farm is part of Hadrian Organics – a co-operative of seven small local farms.  

Arranging a visit   

Schools and local groups are welcome to visit the farm by arrangement and the visitor barn is open to the public. Bed and breakfast accommodation is also available, offering the opportunity to experience life on this beautiful organic farm.  

How to get there       

By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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