Along with my wife Debbie and children, Clare, Laura and Nick I’ve farmed at Borough Farm since 1992. The flock of 700 breeding ewes graze over both the 180 acres of Borough Farm, plus 260 acres of coastal grazing rented from the National Trust at Mortehoe. The ewes are mainly of the Romney breed, chosen because of their ability to thrive in the harsh coastal environment.
Over the past ten years we’ve diversified our farming activities with the aid of my team of sheepdogs. Firstly it was via a documentary film, ’The year of the Working Sheepdog’ which became an amazing success selling 80 thousand Dvd’s and far exceeding any expectations that I had. Two books followed: ‘A Shepherd’s Watch’ (2004) and ‘the Dogs of Windcutter Down’ (2005) ‘ A Shepherd’s Watch made the top ten best seller’s list.
In 2003 the arrival of new puppy ‘Mist’ heralded the start of a new project. Mist became the star of her own children’s TV programmes on Channel Five. Firstly with the 90 minute feature ‘Mist, The tale of a Sheepdog Puppy’, which was followed by 39 episodes of ‘Mist- Sheepdog Tales’. ‘Mist Sheepdog tales’ has been broadcast in 25 countries and has sold a third of a million dvds worldwide.
If you are looking for things to do in North Devon and Woolacombe we’ve been hosting Sheepdog and Falconry displays at Borough farm since 1988, throughout the summer months. For many families the displays have become a regular part of holidays in North Devon, and the addition in 2010 of undercover seating (for those occasional damp evenings!) means that we can now carry on with the displays what ever the weather.
The new barn also allows us to host our ‘Lambing Open Days’ over Easter each year. It’s a chance to visit the farm during the busiest time of the year, to learn about lambing and hopefully to see a lamb born.
With the farm to run, plus the Shepherding experience walks and public speaking commitments, life is always busy. But it is the sheepdogs who I devote as much spare time to as I can. There are always new pups, like Zola and Colin to train, and older dogs like Fly to keep in trim.
I hope that you enjoy the information on the web-site and we hope to see you at one of our events soon.
David KennardVisit the events page to view all events at Borough Farm