With their family’s farming roots reaching all the way back to the 1500s, Ian and Janet Patrick’s farming enterprise has gone from strength to strength since Peel relocated their award-winning dairy farm and pedigree Ayrshire herd to a new dairy facility on 110 acres of land at Whitegate Farm, Over Hulton, Bolton.
The Ayrshire cows were first brought from Scotland to Lancashire by Ian’s grandparents in 1926 when they settled at their original farm in Garrett Hall, Tyldesley. Today, the third generation of Patrick farmers are delighted with their new unit that has secured their legacy for son Alex, who is now embarking on his farming career.
“As farming tenants, we have known as far back as 1970 that there was a possibility that Garrett Hall would be developed. Planning proposals came and went until an application at the end of 2012 was approved in 2013. We have always had a good relationship with Peel and were on a 1948 three-generation tenancy, so we were delighted to be given the chance of a new opportunity. We were involved nearly all the way with the design and planning of the new set-up. Farming is in our blood and it’s amazing that our future has been secured and that our special Ayrshire breed is continuing to thrive.”