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Hooters Hall 2014

For Hooters Hall 2014 was very much the year of the goat. We expanded our herd of angoras and also added some British Guernseys. We also had our first Hooters Hall born kid little Molly.  Sadly we lost the lovely Sugar (one of our Guernseys) but her daughter Spice is doing well and is hopefully pregnant. Here’s Molly 20 minutes after she was born and a few days later meeting Bran one of our farm cats.

Molly wasn’t the only newborn at Hooters Hall. The ducks managed to successfully hatch some eggs and we now have 10 ducks instead of 2. The new ducklings also have some stylish quiffs.

We had a sucessful lambing with our Jacobs and our Jacob fleece is proving very popular with spinners and fibre artists. Here are some of the 2014 lambs and some pictures of fleece hand processed into rolags for spinning, handspun yarn and a hand knitted scarf. The natural colours of the Jacob fleece make a beautiful fabric.

Our rare breed, 100% Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages and burgers were really popular this year and we sold out really quickly ( we’ll have more in the farm shop around April). To keep up with demand we’ve started breeding our own Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. We have two sows Beatrice and Eugenie. After a visit from Mr Boar Beatrice had her first litter at the end of October and we’ve just weaned the piglets. Here they are having a nap.

Our plans for 2015 include more fibre craft. We’re going to be experimenting with dying our mohair with natural dyes from British native plants grown at Hooters Hall, selling both the dyed fleece and the dye plants in the farm shop. If Spice the Guernsey is pregnant we’ll hopefully have some interesting fleece from her kid. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a fleece with the golden colour of the Guernsey but fibre quality of the Angora.

There will be more 100% Gloucestershire Old Spot pork sausages and burgers all handmade at Hooters Hall and maybe some hams as well. We made some glazed and smoked ham for ourselves this Christmas and it was delicious.

If Spice the Guernsey does have a kid we’ll also have goat milk and will try making some goats cheese.

We’ve got a bit of a change of direction for the polytunnel planned in 2015. We’ve spent the last few weeks planting a variety of fruit trees and soft fruits and we’ll be adding more grapes as well. As well as lots of delicious fruit I’m planning on using parts of the fruit trees, soft fruit as natural dyes for our mohair.

You can keep up to date with Hooters Hall and see lots of pictures of the goats, pigs, ducklings, horses & chickens on our  facebook page www.facebook.com/HootersHall

You can also find HootersHall on instagram and Twitter.

Hooters Hall Farm Shop

Over the past year since we moved to Hooters Hall we’ve been able to enjoy the taste of our own home grown, slow grown rare breed pork from our Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. The pork from free range, outdoor reared, rare breed pigs is nothing like supermarket pork. Our pigs run free in large paddocks for 6 -10 months and you can taste the difference in the meat. Traditional rare breed pigs tend to be slower growing than commercial breeds which also seems to add to the flavour and taste of the pork.

But you don’t need to take my word for it because now you can try Hooters Hall pork yourself.

Over the past few months we’ve converted one of our farm buildings into an on farm butchery. We’re now able to butcher our own meat and make all our own sausages and burgers at Hooters Hall smallholding.

Our first lot of sausages and burgers are now for sale in our shop. You can buy online for delivery by courier or if you’re going to be in the area pay online and arrange to pick up from Hooters Hall (our postcode is PE12 0LT)

We’ve got two types of sausages for sale; our 80% pork Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages and our 95% Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages. We also have some pork and sage burgers all made with Gloucestershire Old Spot pork. In the next few weeks we’ll have some bacon and pork joints available as well.

In the future we plan to have lamb and mutton from our flock of Jacob sheep , herb plants and various craft items all from Hooters Hall smallholding.

Click on the Hooters Hall Farm Shop tab at the top of this page  or the link below