Progressive and Passionate
The Gantletts have been farming at Yatesbury since 1968.
Richard and Charlotte Gantlett and Richard's mother Jean farm today with the aim to produce the best quality produce in the most sustainable manner.
Yatesbury House Farm is a 600 ha family farm, high on the Wiltshire downs near Avebury. Experience and tradition is combined with a deep-rooted belief that farming should work together with nature, not against it. The bio dynamic methods we use are a key part of achieving sustainable, natural and quality food.
At Yatesbury House Farm, we are focused on providing the highest quality of produce with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet our customers expectations.
Arranging a visit
We are working to promote a thriving community, farm, village and beyond
through employment, exchange, education and eating. We are part of the Soil Association's Organic Farms Network. We welcome school
visits and group visits, please telephone to arrange.
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Our herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef cattle is growing steadily from 6 heifers in 1996 to two hundred animals today. Their welfare is paramount to us, in the way we keep them and in the way we treat them. They are given neither routine antibiotics nor growth promoting drugs and we even attend courses to make sure we understand and meet their needs and treat them with respect. Some of our cattle go to CALCOT MANOR HOTEL for their Summer holiday. Our cattle feed on our herbal rich diverse pastures and are fed hay and silage during the winter. Ruminent animals are natural converters of pasture crops (cellulose) into food and Aberdeen Angus cattle are beautifully suited to our low input system, naturally without horns, easy calving, easy fattening, happy cows. We supply our Black Angus pure bred, grass fed, beef to CALCOT Hotels.
We sow leys that have over thirty varieties of plants from twenty three species of clovers, grasses and herbs. They are full of nectar producing plants and insect ideal foraging for bees and farmland birds as well as cows. The diversity in the seed mix ensures plants ideally suited to every corner of every field, with less competition the different species and varieties occupy more of the soil profile too making a more active and dynamic sward and root system. The diversity makes for a healthier diet for our cows to savour. We have resently been part of the LegumeLink project which has demonstrated the outstanding benefits from a polyculture, mixed species, pasture sward, the research was published in 2013 (LegumeLink, 2013).
The cultivated cereals at the farm are wheat, barley and field beans. We work closely with our customers who produce flour, malt for whiskey and animal feed.
See our Soil and Life page for more information.
Technology is important to our progress as satellite guided tractors demonstates.
Soil Quality or Terroir is a critical influence for produce quality.
A Japanese charitable organisation and UN NGO
have their UK base on our farm developing and demonstrating their method
of sustainable farming called Natural Agriculture. Their market garden
is beautful and their wide variety of market garden crops delicious.
They are working to encourage others to take up their method which has
been used successfully for fifty years in Japan.