Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for hobbies and days out in the Peak District.
Today was a nervous day for me and my cows - it was time for the dreaded TB test. Tuberculosis is a major problem here in the Derbyshire hills and as a result we have to test all the cows and calves on the farm for TB every 12 months.
It is quite a tough and sometime dangerous task as our suckler beef cattle are free range and not so used to being handled as dairy cows who are milked every day!
Our beef cattle tucking into their grub after their TB test
Each animal is given 2 small injections in the skin on their neck and 3 days later the vet returns to check for lumps which indicate a reaction. If a cow reacts to the test and is suspected of carrying TB it has to be slaughtered and a full post mortem examination of the lungs is carried out to determine whether or not they had the disease.
If one animal reacts positively to the test the whole herd is immediately put under movement restrictions until 2 further TB tests have been carried out and are clear of reactors. Obviously this can be doubly disastrous for farmers in terms of cash flow; firstly as you cannot send stock to market and secondly as you have to continue to feed the animals that have to remain on the farm while you wait for a clear test.
The smaller calves chilling out after the all clear!
What a relief it was today when the vet announced the all clear for the entire herd - phew, celebrations all round !
An excellent outcome as we can now sell this years crop of young stock to other farmers who will "finish" them to the ideal stage for slaughter.
This is great timing as the recent horse meat scandal has seen a big jump in demand for proper home reared British beef and prices are riding high at the moment. Our beef animals will be off to the local Bakewell market over the next few weeks and will be sold on to local butchers.
As the Farmers Weekly reports if you buy from local butchers, farm shops or farmers markets you can trace exactly which farm your meat is coming from and be assured of the highest levels of animal husbandry and welfare, which results in the best quality and taste - neigh, no horse here!
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
What can I say?
We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more