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 your 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 private visits, please telephone to arrange. 


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Cows
Our herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef cattle is growing steadily from 6 heifers in 1996 to two hundred today. We also keep two Highland pets: Zebedee and Florence. 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 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 pastures and are fed hay and silage during the winter Ruminent animals are natural converters of pasture crops into food and Aberdeen Angus cattle are beautifully suited to our low input system,  without horns (naturally), easy calving, easy fattening, happy cows. We supply our Black Angus pure bred, grass fed, beef to CALCOT HEALTH AND LEISURE.
Herbal Rich Pastures
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 insects 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. 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 is due to be published March 2013.
Cereals
The cultivated cereals at the farm are wheat, barley and field beans. We work closely with our customers who produce flour and malt for whiskey, including Dove’s Farm near Hungerford, Shipton Mill near Tetbury, Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay. The field beans together with some wheat are sold to a neighbouring organic dairy farmer.
See our Soil and Life page for more information.
Technology is important to our progress as satellite guided tractors demonstates.
Wildlife and Honey The farm has areas of woodland rich in bluebells and orchids. Deer, hares, buzzards, kytes and a rich array of farmland birds including: corn bunting, common curlew, yellow hammers, tree sparrows, sky larks, barn owls, little owls, tawny owls, quail, short eared owl, lapwing, and partridges as well as more common birds. We have already run projects to maintain and improve the environment in terms of planting and caring for hedges and woodlands, improving meadows etc. The results are already visible on every corner of the farm. Colourful finches nest in the many hedgerows and butterflies and bees help with pollination. Some of the bees work hard to produce our delicious natural honey. Ladybirds help to keep pests at bay and owls and bats find shelter in our barns. We are also planting special bird seed crops to feed wild birds when feed is in short supply in the Spring.
Shumei A Japanese charitable organisation 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.
shumei.eu/yatesbury/

Our Point of Difference?

The soil and the environment come first on our farm.
The resilience of the farm and its ability to produce food is embedded in the life, energy and quality of the soil.
This is Living Agriculture.