The Mann family are the fifth generation to farm this enviable location by the River Alde in Iken, where Yarn Hill Lincoln Reds graze the lush grass that grows in these marsh fields from spring through to autumn, moving to upland sandy fields for the winter months.
While potato farming dominates Richard’s hours, Natasha takes the lead on managing the herd, which has grown to over 100 breeding cows plus followers. The total herd number now varies between 230 and 330 head.
“Things have progressed quickly since I bought our first five Lincoln Reds back in 2006!”
Natasha had been running the pack house organising 100 students picking various crops for Marks and Spencer, and was looking for a different challenge. Son Peter is now back on the farm to manage vegetable production on the farm, while brothers Toby and Angus lend a hand whenever they are back in Iken.
Passionate about animal welfare, conservation and high-quality produce, Natasha knew the Lincoln Red – and local wildlife – would thrive in this location under her care.
Natasha ensures all her systems for stock management provide the highest levels of welfare for her cattle. From birth through to slaughter, Natasha implements natural practices to give her cows a calm and contented life with minimal stress.
As well as peaceful grazing cattle, visitors to Hill Farm’s water meadows can see rare cattle egrets, marsh harriers and barn owls.
With over 20 acres of the farm established as pollen and nectar areas, butterflies and bees also prosper on the farm.
“We take our responsibilities to the environment very seriously, and love seeing wildlife flourish on the farm.”