FARM


Leading the way with a sustainable natural farming system

Manor Farm at Broughton is a 500 acre grassland farm on the rolling chalkland of west Hampshire. We run a herd of 250 water buffalo. We use no artificial fertilisers, weed killers or insecticides. Natural flora and fauna thrive alongside the buffalo, allowing maximum biodiversity of the soil and landscape.

Our natural farming system produces high quality grass-fed water buffalo meat which is sold at our farm shop, at local markets and in pubs and restaurants. We also offer a Broughton Buffalo catering service for events and festivals.

Buffalo

Buffalo

The great indian water buffalo has been farmed for thousands of years. Originating in the Indus valley in what is now Pakistan, the buffalo is farmed across the world, and is highly valued as a reliable and hard working draft animal, as well as a producer of rich creamy milk and excellent meat. Well known for great resistance to disease and with a very hardy nature, the buffalo is able to thrive on marginal land and young stock grow well without any need for concentrates.

Grassland

Grassland

Our commitment to sustainable, natural farming methods is rewarded with a flourishing ecosystem of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Sometimes the grass gets so long our buffalo get ‘lost’!.

Soil

Soil

The buffalo herd is a vital tool in improving and building soil on the farm. The buffalo are mobbed up into a single group during grazing season and are moved onto a new paddock every day. This gives them a fresh plateful every morning and the trampling and dunging feeds the soil. 250 buffalo on two acres puts down a lot of soil food.

FLORA & FAUNA


We take active steps on the farm to preserve the habitats of our native wildlife species. We plant trees and allow the wild hedgerows to flourish.

Trees and wildflowers
Trees and wildflowers
Barley and vetches for silage
Barley and vetches for silage
Buffalo grazing chicory
Buffalo grazing chicory
Tree planting
Tree planting
Shelter belts to slow the wind and provide shelter for the livestock...one day!
Shelter belts to slow the wind and provide shelter for the livestock...one day!
In January 2014, in partnership with the Woodland Trust, we planted 15,000 trees.
In January 2014, in partnership with the Woodland Trust, we planted 15,000 trees.
River management  and reed planting to improve habitat.
River management and reed planting to improve habitat.
Rolling chalk hillside
Rolling chalk hillside
Wild hedgerows provide great habitats.
Wild hedgerows provide great habitats.

FARMING


The natural way

Moving the herd onto a fresh paddock.
Moving the herd onto a fresh paddock.
It's a one man job, the buffalo know what to do.
It's a one man job, the buffalo know what to do.
The paddock will rest until the next grazing in 80-100 days.
The paddock will rest until the next grazing in 80-100 days.
Using the herd to manage rough grassland (before)
Using the herd to manage rough grassland (before)
Using the herd to manage rough grassland (after)
Using the herd to manage rough grassland (after)
'Mob grazed' grass; with the next paddock in the background.
'Mob grazed' grass; with the next paddock in the background.
The buffalo roam
The buffalo roam
Peaceful and content
Peaceful and content
On the move again
On the move again
Grass mown for hay
Grass mown for hay
Turning hay to help it dry out
Turning hay to help it dry out
Hay for winter feeding
Hay for winter feeding

Local Box Scheme

Broughton Box Scheme making it easy for the local community to benefit from our finest local produce with a minimal environmental impact.

Event Catering

We offer a full catering service which we can bring to your party or wedding, alternatively we can host your event at the farm.