Manor Farm is a traditional family run farm situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire.
Three generations of farming have given us an excellent understanding of British beef and crop management. Our high standard of environment and animal care is evident in all of our produce.
The farm extends to apprximately 1600 acres of owned and tenanted land with five full time employees. We constantly invest in the latest and very best technology to make our farming system more efficient and productive.
As a business, we are proud to carry the Red Tractor Assurance logo. Red Tractor is the largest food assurance scheme in the UK and it sets recognised standards in various product sectors and across the supply chain, giving peace of mind for our customers.
FC Cottle &Son is a family enterprise run by Richard &Susan together with their two sons, Jeremy and Simon. Simon looks after the arable side whilst Jeremy concentrates on the livestock element. The family business is complemented by one full-time worker, a farmer’s son, Simon Pike.
The farm is situated in West Wiltshire and sits in the shadows of Salisbury Plain which dominates the horizon.
Jeremy &Simon’s grandfather bought the home farm in 1952 and the wartime Keevil Airfield extends onto much of the pasture land. This provides a very useful network of hard surfacing and means the land is less liable to poaching as a result of the day-to-day management and feeding of livestock thereby extending the use for grazing in the spring and autumn.
What we do
We have a suckler herd of around 330 cows comprising pedigree Limousin, LimousinX, SimmentalX, and Belgian BlueX breeds, plus 9 pedigree Limousin sires. The terminal strengths of the Limousin combines particularly well with the milkiness of the Simmental females. Approximately 30-40 replacements are bought in privately each year, generally SimmentalX cows, although it is a stated aim to start breeding our own replacements in the future.
Good soil quality is imperative, not only for the nutrition and health of our livestock, but for the quality of crops we produce.Our wheat, spring oat, barley and oil seed rape are grown in rotation and this traditional farming system helps us to prevent disease and maximise the nutrients in the soil. Any manure, slurry or other organic matter produced in the yard is added to the land to further encourage the best yields.
Church Farm B&B is a welcoming old farm house dating back to the 16 century.
There are log fires on cold nights in the guest lounge with homemade cake and tea on arrival. Breakfast includes free-range eggs, local bacon and sausages, fresh fruit, yoghurt and homemade preserves. We serve tea in the garden in the summer months. Click to find out more
We calve from January to May and generally keep our cattle until they reach 9 months old. Our annual calf sale is held at Frome Livestock market at the end of October each year, although we also arrange additional smaller sales in the Spring.
Females are all given an injection of Rotavac Corona a month before calving to reduce scours as a result of rotavirus. Calves are dehorned and the males castrated and then stay with their mothers until they are weaned 10 days before the store sales in order to give the calves time to settle down and reduce stress. We vaccinate all cows against BVD around two months before they are put to the bull. This reduces reproductive losses, optimises calf health and prevents the birth of PI (Persistently Infected) calves. The pour-on wormer, Dectomax, is applied each July and September to help improve the condition of the calves.
FC Cottle & Son
5 High Street