Rawlinshaw Farm|Zwartble and Blue Texel Sheep|DIY Livery
Meet our Family
Bringing Yorkshire to you
Our family have been farming here at Rawlinshaw for almost a century!  We are the custodians of a long established tradition of which we are very proud.
 
Meet the family below
Sam & Tom competing in the Zwartble sheep class at Gargrave Agricultural show
Rawlinshaw Farm, Austwick, 
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Sam
Born on the farm, Sam divides her time between the farm and being a Vet in Blackburn .  She loves to ride her horses Golly and Koda, and perform in our group - "The Little Things"
Robert 
Now "retired" the realfarmer keeps us straight and is often found busily tending his garden and taking care of his ducks.  He is accompanied by his terrier "Bess" who was rescued from Sam's practice and now never leaves Roberts side. Nick, Roberts son, also loves the farm but currently lives in Bahrain with his family.
Rawlinshaw Farm
The family farm has been in the Hird family for five generations and a lot has changed during that time. The farm was a dairy farm and was the first in the area to put in a 5-a-sided Herringbone parlour (tiny by todays standards).  Then it became a mixed farm with beef cattle and sheep. A trekking centre was started and became very popular as did our Bed and Breakfast enterprise which was again one of the first in the area over 45 years ago. Sadly due to foot and mouth we lost all our stock and had to sell many of our horses. 
 
Now we run a small holding and sheep are kept as Sam's hobby when she is not busy working at her Veterinary practice in Blackburn - Daisy Street Veterinary Centre. 
We also have a small DIY livery yard, numerous dogs, cat, and ducks and house a rehersal room for our acoustic duo "The Little Things"

 


Life is never dull at Rawlinshaw!
Tom
Sam's  son Tom loves spending time with the animals and is a busy helper on the farm.
Jez
Sam's partner Jez, is new to farming life but is throwing himself into all that's involved. There is a lot to learn but it's fun sharing all that makes up being a farmer.