The Farm

Dianne and Eric Horn runs the 45 ha certified organic dairy and stock farm in Gilsland near Brampton. Their Daisylee herd of pedigree Ayshire cows produce milk from clover and herb-rich pastures.

We believe the farmstead was built in the Georgian period by a yeoman farmer. All the land is down to pasture providing summer grazing for the stock or to forage crops for winter keep.

Our main enterprise is our pedigree herd of home bred Ayrshire cows.

Birdoswald Organic Cheese is handcrafted, on farm, from the raw organic milk produced by these cows. Ayrshire sweet milk cheese originated near Dunlop in Ayrshire made by Barbara Gilmour returning from exile in Ireland in 1688. The Ayrshire cattle, upland pastures and climate give this cheese its unique characteristics. It is creamy, matured cheese, made only from our own organic milk, using vegetarian rennet and cultures containing no GM organisms.

See here how our fantastic Birdoswald Cheese is made

Visitors may also meet a gang of chickens wandering about the farm. These produce the eggs which we hope our guests will enjoy, along with the fruit and vegetables from our garden. We hope that guests will also find the cottage garden a pleasant vista in which to relax.

Shop: You can buy our Birdoswald Organic Cheese, Unpasteurised Real Organic Milk (Raw), Organic Meat, Eggs and other Organic Products from our small Farm Shop, at local Farmers’ Markets or by calling/emailing us on 01697747351/ postmaster@slackhousefarm.plus.com to arrange collection or a collection point in Brampton.

(We are a busy working hill farm and may not always be near the telephone, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can).