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 Alastair Gibson. At present the farm area accounts for 338 acres of grass land within Gibside estate.
After our countryside stewardship agreement ended in October 2013 we entered a higher level scheme, enabling our livestock to carry on helping with the conservation efforts of the National Trust, Gibside. Once intensively farmed, the land is now sympathetically managed to achieve a diverse environment, not only for our livestock but also to promote a rich and diverse flora and fauna.
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 from “farm to fork” and market our beef via the resident butcher, working from the Market Square in Gibside. Beef and lamb will be available during your stay so please feel free to enquire if you’d like some.
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 market our own lamb via Janet the Butcher, with a percentage retained to breed the next generation of lambs.
Our vision is to breed top quality animals and produce high quality meat with low food miles, operating on a “farm to fork” ideology. We farm in a profitable and sustainable manner aided by our farm diversification projects, including West Wood Yurts and Beef/Lamb sales. These elements of our farm business enhance our links to National Trust Gibside.