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Feb 16

Housedean Farm – Working Farm and Popular Campsite

Located in the South Downs National Park, Housedean Farm is a 900 acre arable and livestock farm that has been in the family for over 60 years. The farm is currently managed by David Taylor who took over from his father in 1990.

The farm produces Malting Barley for the brewing industry, Wheat for the animal feed industry and Oilseed Rape for processing into vegetable oil. The livestock enterprise is a herd of 50 beef cows which are kept to produce a calf each year to be sold for beef production. The calves are born in July and are suckled by their mothers for 11 months. They spend the summer grazing the Downs and are housed in the winter to protect them from the elements and to be able to feed them with silage produced the previous spring. At some times of the year you might even hear the cows munching grass near the campsite!

David’s son Nick had the idea of experimenting with developing a campsite, having walked and cycled the South Downs Way and experienced the lack of campsites close to the eastern half of the trail. Nick is hoping to enhance the campsite further in future years.