Ian and Julia Hawley run Hall Farm, Brentingby, near the medieval market town of Melton Mowbray. The farm is a traditional mixed farm covering a little over 300 acres in the Leicestershire countryside. Ian and Julia have a small herd of pedigree Holstein milking cows plus dairy heifers, calves and some Aberdeen Angus cross cattle. In addition, a flock of ewes and lambs graze the pastures and a small acreage of cereals provide straw and grain for the livestock.
The farm also provides a wide range of habitats for wildlife and has preserved the ridge and furrow grassland and a rich hedgerow network, features that are so characteristic of the Leicestershire landscape. Within the farmland is a protected wildlife site, the River Eye SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a flood alleviation scheme.
Melton Mowbray is famous all around the world for it’s Stilton cheese and pork pies and also is considered the birthplace of foxhunting.
As well as visiting Hall Farm, the young participants will also visit the Collections Resource Centre at Barrow on Soar where they will go behind the scenes to look at items relating to Leicestershire’s agricultural heritage. There will also be visits to Melton Mowbray Livestock Market and the Leicestershire Record Office.