James is a farmer director of 300 acres. He has been an organic farmer for 15 years with 35 cows - fattening all the progeny. He also runs 300 breeding sheep finishing all the stock as well as 200-300 store lambs. The farm is mostly permanent grassland with a small acreage of barley for home feed.
Peter and wife Rachel farm 550 acres in North Cornwall. Their enterprise consists of one of the largest Pedigree Aberdeen Angus herds in the South West with 150 pedigree cows. 300 Exlana wool shedding ewes are also kept. Peter has been a Director of CQLP since 2005.
Sue keeps pedigree Poll Dorset sheep and Tamworth pigs on 85 acres near Liskeard. She runs the farm mostly on her own with help from her husband at the weekends and some night shifts at lambing time. They have been there 21 years so are still newcomers! She has been a director for 6 years and is very pleased to see CQLP progress and develop.
Kevin farms 300 acres, just outside Launceston. Their main enterprise is a flock of 700 North Country Mules and Texel X Mules, and a suckler herd of 30 Simmental X cattle.
Kevin believes that in today's uncertain economic climate marketing through a famer-owned co-operative which offers bad debt insurance gives him reassurance and income security, and by working together a chance of realising a larger share of the retail price.
Christopher & his wife Linda farm at Menheniot, Liskeard. The farm is mainly grass, with barley and maize grown to feed the beef cattle for finishing. They also have a flock of 400 breeding ewes, mainly New Zealand Romney cross, with all lambs and beef finished and sold through CQLP. The business has appreciated the benefits of marketing through CQLP - being able to book stock in and leave the placing of stock to the office.
Ashley is a dairy and beef farmer in the Camel valley, north Cornwall. Other enterprises on his family farm include tourism and fishing. All the produce from the farm is sold through farmer controlled co-operatives. Ashley has seen first hand how such organisations thrive in Europe and North America and passionately believes that British farmers should take control of their produce beyond the farm gate, possibly investing in areas such as processing.
farms 400 acres with his family in south east Cornwall. The farm comprises a suckler herd of South Devon cattle, a pedigree Lleyn flock, arable and potato enterprises. He has sold stock through the group since 2000 and has been on the CQLP board of directors since 2003.
Robert farms 350 acres at Lockengate in mid Cornwall in partnership with his wife Sandra and they have a son and daughter. The farm is all grass and has a suckler cow herd of 90 cows, mainly Friesian x Hereford, and some pedigree Charolais. A flock of 160 Suffolk cross mule ewes is also kept with all lambs being sold through the group. Robert has been a member since 2001 and believes that with evermore pressure on margins due to increasing input costs, co-operation in marketing is vital.
James Mutton farms at Burlerrow Farm; the farm is just over 750 acres and most of it is organic. The farm comprises of beef cows and sheep, selling beef and lamb locally throughout the year through the group. He also grows organic cereals and potatoes which are sold to various outlets. Nearly 100 acres of miscanthus is grown on the farm which is used for horse bedding and also other miscanthus crops are bought from neighbouring farmers.
Colin has been on the board of directors for many years and is a past Chairman. Building is Colins main occupation these days but also farms around 200 acres with his son Denzil just outside of St Neot, Cornwall; around 150 acres of cereals are grown and around 100 cattle are finished on a cereal based system and sold through the group.