We've come a long way...
Whilst today Mornacott retains its age old communion with its natural surroundings there is little that would be recognised by many of its former custodians in terms of the diverse enterprises now undertaken.
The world has moved on and much more is now required of those who tend the countryside and are privileged to live in such wonderful surroundings.
Mornacott is now supported by four pillars of rural enterprise.
Farming at Mornacott is still largely undertaken on a traditional basis and our ethos and much of what we do might still be recognised by those who have gone before. Animals are still naturally reared and grass fed. The Farm, described correctly in jargon as "low input", benefits from over 600 acres or "permanent pasture" a farming method both kinder on the land itself and promoting of sustainable habitats for traditional fauna and flora.
Rather than following the typical trend in relation to sheep farming and choosing breeds that grow quickly but are often quite "fragile" due to their hybrid nature, our flock predominantly comprises home cross-bred Poll Dorset sheep much loved for the quality of their meat.
Mornacott is home to a beef suckler herd of over 300 head of cattle the mainstay of which are our pedigree Red Ruby Devon suckler herd famed for their mild temperament and the quality of the beef produced.