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In the early 1900's the farm was well known as Coaley Poultry Farm, which was run by a Miss Edwards.

Miss Edwards appears to have been very successful and her farm was advertised as 'the largest poultry farm built up and carried on by a woman'. The farm produced various types of poultry, but was particularly famous for it's Coaley Fawn Duck.

Miss Edwards ran a School of Poultry at the farm, teaching practical work during the day and giving lectures in the evening. Courses lasted for either 3 or 12 weeks. Her students came from as far away as India, South Africa, Holland, Sweden and France.

Most of the birds raised at Coaley were transported to customers by rail from the nearby Coaley Junction (now the Cam & Dursley Park and Ride railway station).

The Farm

Waterend Farm is a grassland farm on the edge of the Cotswold Hills and the Severn Vale. The farm runs to about 82 acres. It is owned by Gloucestershire County Council and forms part of their Rural Estate of some 8600 acres. We took over the tenancy in September 2004.

We run a commercial flock of 260 breeding ewes, either Suffolk x Mule or homebred Texel Cross, which are put to high genetic index Texel rams to produce quality fat lambs. In 2010 we purchased a high genetic index Poll Dorset ram to put on our best homebred Texel Cross ewes to produce our homebred flock replacements.

Lambing starts in mid March and goes on for about 3 weeks. Lambs stay with their mothers until they are 12 to 16 weeks old and are then weaned. Lambs are sold from 12 weeks old via a marketing group, May Hill Lamb Producers, to Sainsburys supermarket. The sheep are predominately grass fed with some supplementary concentrate feed. All the hay for winter feed is made on the farm.

In 2010 we purchased a small nucleus flock of pedigree Blue Texel sheep with the aim to set up our own pedigree breeding flock.

Like many farmers we realised that we would not make a living just from farming a relatively small farm, we would need to diversify. The large house we felt was ideal to develop as bed and breakfast accommodation and spent our spare time in the first two years here converting and decorating the front part of the house.

We were lucky enough to obtain a grant from DEFRA's Rural Enterprise Scheme to convert a large outbuilding adjacent to the farmhouse into a country meeting room, providing well equipped facilities for small business and group meetings, as well as private parties.

Coaley Poultry Farm

Workers at Coaley Poultry Farm

Miss Edwards

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