We are a family run farm just outside Colchester and have been keeping stock at Garr House Farm for over 35 years. Since August 2000 we have been retailing meat directly to the public through Wigborough Meats. Our farming is sustainable with a low carbon footprint and welfare friendly.
All pigs, lambs and calves are born and raised on this farm. We have had a suckler beef herd since 2007 using Angus bulls.
The pigs are housed on straw in large pens, the main ingredients of their rations, which we home mix, are locally grown wheat and barley. They are Large White x Landrace and we breed all our own replacement stock.
The sheep flock are the Easycare breed with short fleeces so they can graze safely around brambles without getting caught up. The brambles are maintained as part of the wildlife habitat around Abberton reservoir. They lamb outdoors from the end of April. The lambs may be finished indoors on grass and home grown cereals over winter. They are slow grown and hogget is available from April which are lambs born the previous April.
We also have cull ewes who are no longer suitable for breeding available as mutton.
Our Suckler Beef Herd
The calves are born and reared here and fathered by an Aberdeen Angus bull, currently either Edmund or Eadred ( we are going through the Kings of England ).
The beef animals are grass fed outdoors, coming indoors for winter and calving and then fed on homegrown silage (fermented grass conserved in round bales). The cows are a mixture of breeds including; Hereford, Charolais, Red Poll and Angus cross.
Taken in August 2016, from left to right starting with the back row. Son in law Dave Abbott ( married our daughter Rosie, October 2015 ) and works part time on the farm especially on various workshop constructions.
Phil Gladwin - farm partner with main farm responsibility.
Phil Pratt - stockman and general farm worker joined us in January 2016.
Bobby Karpinski - farm partner, looked after the farrowing houses until her sudden death in September 2018
Kate Gladwin - farm partner responsible for Wigborough Meats.
Bob Goodall - head stockman since 1994. Retired June 2019.
Poppy - Fox red labrador, founding member of Bretongarr Kennel, pictured on vermin duty.
It has been pointed out that the photo is out of date but the current staff are reluctant to have their photograph taken with ' lockdown hair ' !
The volunteer helpers who made Open Farm Day on Good Friday 2019 such a success.
Wigborough Traditional Meats
Garr House Farm, Layer Road
Colchester CO5 7RR
Tel: 01206 735694
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10am - 5.00pm
When we have fresh meat available.
Available monthly- Next available:
Angus X, home reared, 100% grass fed beef. 22 day hung