The family has farmed in the Northern Uplands for generations, going back to the 1600s. Currently farming 1300 acres which includes 25 miles of dry stone wall, a large closed herd of pedigree Holstein Dairy Cattle, several thousand North Country Cheviot Sheep and a herd of pedigree Luing Native Breed Cattle, grazing the hills and moors as part of the Limestone Country Beef Project.
Committed to farming from the start, Jim’s family have had a career in farming for generations. In his earlier years, Jim strived to become a Vet and having achieved all that was necessary to pursue the same path, he instead dedicated his life to farming – never regretting that decision. Particularly enjoying young farmers stock judging, when he became Champion of England at 18 years of age and was elected to become Captain of the England Team in an International Competition at the Royal Show. He later judged at the Royal England the Royal Welsh Shows, many county shows and scores of local shows.
His farming specialisms include the breeding and management of stock – dairy, beef and sheep, together with grassland management and improvement.
A long standing association with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, being a member of Council, Director of YEC Ltd, a member of the Grants and Education Committee, a member of the Sheep Committee and Sheep Shearing Committee and past Sponsored Steward for 20 years.
Chairman and past president of the Kilnsey Show, one of the leading shows of the country, past chairman of the Limestone Country Beef Project, and a member of the Holstein UK Society and the British Grassland Society.
Recognised for achievements in agriculture through competitions including; winner of the Best Grassland Farmer in Yorkshire and winner of Yorkshire Farming Personality of the Year.
Considerable involvement with outreach activities including Chairman of the Governors at Cracoe Junior School, Governor of Upper Wharfedale Secondary School, Governor of Craven College and Chairman of the Agricultural Advisory Committee at Craven College. The family farm has also been open to many visits by farmers and farm organisations including the British Grassland Society to see his pioneering work of grasslands in the uplands.
• The North Country Cheviot Sheep Society: http://nc-cheviot.co.uk/mainsite/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=101
• Luing Cattle Society: http://www.luingcattlesociety.co.uk