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Shaw Farm

A warm welcome awaits you on our 134 acre grassland working farm. In 2013 we made the transition from a dairy to a beef farm. This was a major change as we have been mlking cows at Shaw Farm ever since the family moved here in the 1970's. However due to continually poor returns we made the difficult decision to sell the dairy cows and concentrate on rearing beef cattle.

Even though we no longer milk there is still lots for you to see on the farm including the beef cows and their young calves, chickens, wild ducks that visit our pond and Lottie the horse. George and Graham are also happy to answer any questions about the farm, show you around and explain in more detail why we switched from dairy to beef.

We operate a traditional system on the farm so during the summer all the animals will be outside grazing in the fields which gives us time to do field work, harvest the winter feed and do maintenance. During the winter we bring all the cattle inside and we feed them every day with straw and silage.

Lottie the horse (loves carrots)
Beef cows with calves at Shaw Farm

Experince a real working farm

You are invited to walk around, and experience the day to day running of a traditional farm set in the beautiful Peak District landscape. See all the wildlife such as Bluebells, Kestrels and Lapwings (children are usually more interested in watching the rabbits playing!).

A great opportunity for children to learn about farming and the countryside and see farm animals close up, especially during the winter months when they are indoors. We do ask that small children are supervised and older ones act responsibly around the farm.

We provide swings and a sandpit to provide extra entertainment for younger visitors which always seem to be put to good use!

There are lots of footpaths crossing the farm for you to explore but please keep your dogs on a lead and under control especially in fields that have cows with young calves. Its often wise to give cattle lots of room, especially if you have a dog, to prevent any accidents. In the unlikely event you feel threatened by the cattle you should always release your dog (they can take care of themselves!) and make your way out of the field by the quickest route possible.