The May family have farmed at Coombe since the 1920's. The farm now totals 120 acres all of which are owned. We are situated in mid Cornwall bordering Lanhydrock.
We are a mixed farm, being totally self-sufficient using a fairly extensive system. In 1998 we gave up milk production to concentrate on a suckler herd of Angus and South Devon’s.
The Poll Dorset flock was established in the late 1960’s by purchasing ewe lambs from two now dispersed Cornish flocks. No other females have been brought into the flock since.
We became registered in 1973.
As well as keeping our own records the flock has been M L C recorded for over 30 years. We are members of the National Scrapie Plan, and are M.V. accredited.
The majority of the ewes lamb in October/November, with the remainder lambing in February/March.
Our aim is 150% lambs reared, including the ewe lambs that are all put to ram in their first year.
The autumn lambs are reared on grass until December when they are put onto stubble turnips. They are weaned in January and moved onto a rape/kale mixture.
The ram lambs are supplemented with homegrown cereals and the surplus is sold from February onwards through Cornwall Quality Livestock Producers (C.Q.L.P.) of which we are members.
The spring lambs are reared entirely on grass. Our recording has enabled us to retain the traditional traits of the breed as well as improving the genetic performance.
As a hobby we also breed and show poultry. This interest has also been passed down through 3 generations.
We keep Large Laced Wyandottes-Gold Blue and Buff, Large Spangled Hamburghs-Silver and Gold, Pencilled Hamburgh Bantams-Silver and Gold and Fawn Indian Runner Ducks.
We try to attend as many shows as we can, 2 of the mains ones being the National at Stoneleigh and Federation at Stafford.