The farm is on the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate. You’ll be part of a group of 10,000 online Farmers working with farm manager Richard Morris to decide how it should be run. You’ll vote once a month, discuss the issues with other members and explore the world of farming.
Introducing your expert farming advisors
As you can already tell, farming is a complex business and we want to make sure that we’re giving you as much information and as many angles as possible.
To help us, we’ve enlisted the help of five prominent figures in the farming world.
They’ll be working with us in a couple of different ways, talking to Richard about how the project should be run and who we should talk to, but also getting involved in the discussions themselves…
The animals of MyFarm
The cattle. We have nearly 200 cattle on the farm, of five different breeds: White Park, Gloucester, Shetland and Irish Moiled are all rare breeds (defined as having fewer than 2000 breeding females), and our 46 Longhorns are a traditional breed (not rare, but not in common commercial production).
The sheep. We have over 600 sheep on the farm at the moment; we had more until recently but have just sent off last year’s lambs to slaughter. These are of five breeds, all of them designated rare: Portlands, Manx Loagthans, Hebrideans, Whitefaced Woodlands, Norfolk Horns 650.
The pigs. We’ve just expanded our piggery significantly, and the number of pigs we keep is growing all the time. We currently have 60, made up of four different rare breeds: British Lops, Tamworth, Berkshire, and Gloucester Old Spot.