Cut Thorn Farm is a tenanted farm located on the Gibside Estate, on the outskirts of Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England. It has been farmed by the Gibson family since 1948 and is currently managed by myself (Alastair Gibson). At present the farm is 338 acres of grass land.
After our countryside stewardship agreement ended in October 2013 we have entered a higher level scheme, enabling our livestock to carry on helping with the conservations efforts of the National Trust and Gibside Estate ..
We breed Beef Shorthorn cattle and usually carry around 50 breeding females, plus their offspring. The market for our cattle is split between pedigree sales for the breeding market and the remainder for meat production. We take our animals all the way to the plate, in partnership with Janet McKie, our resident butcher. Janet is based in the Market Square at Gibside. Meat will often be available from the farm during your stay, so please ask if you are interested!
The farm also carries a flock of 300 breeding ewes. The offspring again are marketed for meat production with a percentage retained for replacement purposes. Again we hope to market our own lamb during the coming year.
Our vision is to breed top quality animals and produce high quality meat with low food miles, so essentially our customers can see where the beef and lamb are born & raised, from “field to plate”. We farm in a very traditional manner, with high regard for animal welfare. We farm in a profitable and sustainable manner aided by our farm diversification projects, including West Wood Yurts and our camping and caravan club site. These elements of our farm business enhance our links to National Trust Gibside. To extend this further we hope to operate a more open farm to provide education and understanding of farming to visitors of Gibside. We aim to provide an environment where people of all ages can visit, enjoy and understand.