Introducing farmers of the Thame catchment
Questions & Answers with land managers of the Thame
1: Phil White D’Oyleys Farm
Where and what do you farm?
D’Oyleys Farm is a 250 hectare mixed family farm, with grazing livestock and arable, based in the village of Stadhampton in South Oxfordshire. We have 70 suckler cows – a mixture of Beef Shorthorn and Angus, that we graze on our river meadows; these cows suit the farm and our low-input grazing system. We also have about 300 ewes that we lamb in the spring. We finish all the lambs on our herbal leys. We have always produced traditional free-range turkeys at Christmas time and recently we have started rearing slow-grown pasture fed chickens all year round. We grow milling wheat, along with barley, oats and peas. As well as the home farm we also rent some land and buildings at Rofford Farm.