North Yorkshire-based Metcalfe Farms has been in the same family for four generations, growing from a small dairy herd in 1940 into the area’s largest employer. We spoke to one of the Managing Partners David Metcalfe about the importance of community, Barclays’ support during the dairy farming crisis – and how his family has pushed the business forward.
“It’s hard work being a farmer but equally it’s very rewarding and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
David Metcalfe is talking about the business, Metcalfe Farms, which was founded in 1940 by his grandfather, Frank Metcalfe. The 78 years since have seen exceptional growth for the business, based at Washfold Farm just outside Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
“My grandad had 18 cows and 120 acres,” says David. “We now farm 3200 acres, we have 1300 dairy cows, 1100 sheep and we employ 160 people. Back in my grandad’s day, it was just him.”