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Nurturing

OUR PEOPLE, OUR ANIMALS AND OUR LAND

WHO WE ARE

Our story began in 1950 as a conventional dairy farm, when Arnold Sayers bought 150 acres at Carswell Farm on the South Devon coast.

Since then, the farm has gained organic status, grown in size and diversified. Today, we farm around 4,000 acres across the West Country and run a portfolio of farm-diversification businesses. We are passionate about doing business ethically and organically, in harmony with nature, so that all our products are free of pesticides and nasty chemical processes and we are ensuring the best possible future for our children.

Our vision is to build a business that brings us, as farmers, closer to the customer and allows us to grow across the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.

What we do

  • produce 10 million litres of organic milk a year from 5 grass-fed herds across the West Country
  • turn some of that milk into Holy Cow, our delicious range of premium organic dairy products
  • work with other passionate local farmers to provide exceptional organic meat to customers across the UK via our online butcher, The Well Hung Meat Company
  • welcome visitors to stay in our farm holiday cottages, rent one of our classic cars or host special events such as weddings or birthdays on one of our cliff top fields overlooking the sea

"Any economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment"

SIR CRISPIN TICKELL

Our Values

PEOPLE

It’s the people working in the Carswell Group that make it special. We work hard to provide support and training at every level in our businesses, and provide unique opportunities for experienced people and newcomers alike. The satisfaction of working with animals and the seasons in the beautiful setting of the Devon countryside is what makes us get up in the morning and love coming to work

Click here to watch our farmer, Huw, share his passion

ORGANIC

Farming organically is healthier for the soil and our animals and is inherently more sustainable. With regular soil sampling and detailed analyses, we focus on soil health so that we can grow the best quality grass and forage for our cows whilst improving, rather than taking from, the ground we farm. We don’t use pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Wildlife thrives on our farms and the products we produce are tasty, healthy and completely organic.

PREMIUM

We want the best and make no excuses for being single-minded with this approach in everything we do. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, with great grass to feed our cows. Whether staying in one of our holiday cottages, eating a steak from The Well Hung Meat Company or something delicious from the Holy Cow dairy, the taste, service and provenance will be of the highest quality.

PLANET

We are just stewards of the land we manage – we tread as lightly as we can on the planet, nurturing the soil and preserving our environment for future generations. Our cows graze on lusciously nutritious pastures bathed in sunlight on Devonshire hillsides. We have a low carbon footprint because we don’t need fertiliser; we use clover to fix nitrogen in the soil, and other nutrients are returned to the soil via the other end of the cow. We generate more energy from renewable sources than we use and work hard to close the energy and resource-use loop in all our businesses.

Sayers Farms

Our cows are the starting point for the rest of the business and, without them, Holy Cow and the Well Hung Meat Company would not exist. We believe absolutely that organic milk from grass is the healthiest.

Each of our five dairy farms is different, but we all work to the same principles of highest animal welfare and environmental stewardship. By looking after our cows, we are rewarded with the best produce. Together, we produce 10 million litres of organic milk from 4,000 acres of land in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

All of our farms follow three basic principles

Milk from Forage

Our cows graze fresh grass for at least nine months of the year and preserved grass (silage/haylage) during winter. This means the cows are healthy, free range, and able to eat the food they were designed to.

Block Calving

This means that all the cows in the herd calve at the same time of year. We match the best quality food to the right stage of the cow’s lactation, so when the cows need the most energy to make milk, they have it.

The Best Cow for the System

We use the best genetics from around the world to achieve a cow that is physically strong, productive and best adapted to our land to enjoy a happy, long life.

Our Group

Our Locations

Opportunities

Whether you have farming experience or not, if you are passionate about working in an ethical rural business then we'd love to hear from you. Currently we are looking for:

Part-time Group Financial Controller/potential Finance Director - visit http://bit.ly/2bCqdko for details

Unit Manager, South Devon - visit http://bit.ly/2byrKXs for details

Marketing Manager for the Well Hung Meat Company see www.wellhungmeat.com/jobs for details

Contact US

If you’re interested in a specific business, click on a link below – but do drop us a line if you’d like to know more about the Carswell Group or would like to get involved.

Carswell Farm

Holbeton

Nr Plymouth

Devon PL8 1HH

Phone: 01752 830 282