We’re John and Jill Vickers. Founders and owners of Bridge 67.
John has worked on the farm for over 40 years and Jill has a background in agriculture and marketing. We are both passionate about great tasting food, sustainability, good animal husbandry and wholesomeness.
Our vision is to intertwine the farm, the animals, the shop and our local community to provide a unique farm to fork experience for the community.
We hope to have designed a business that will help to make the farm more sustainable and help feed our local community responding to the wish of decreasing food miles and waste.
Our flavoursome beef is produced from our suckler herd of 120 cows. Using newer breeds such as Limousin and Simmental, provides an excellent combination of meat to fat ratio coupled with incredible flavour. Our Pedigree Limousin breeding bulls, Stanley and Jim, were sourced from one of the leading breeding herds in the country near Melton Mowbray. When bred with one of our lovely Simmental cross cows, we find this provides us with excellent quality meat.
The farm prides itself on adhering to the highest welfare and farming standards. All of our cows are treated with the upmost due care and respect. The cattle’s well-being, care and comfort is first and foremost.
Every September we visit the town of Bentham in Yorkshire and buy approximately 100 young replacement sheep called breeding ewe lambs. They graze on the grass in our fields for the next 12 months growing and maturing, in preparation for pregnancy and then lambing the following March.
When it comes to feeding, welfare and slaughtering, our flock of sheep are treated in a similar manner to the cattle above. We try to make sure that they lead a happy and healthy life, as all animals deserve.
Why We Started A Butcher’s Shop
In 2020 we took the big step to open a Butcher’s shop in the village near us stocking our meat as well as other local meat, eggs , British produce and a huge array of British cheeses in a lovely deli.
We offer a bespoke service to our clientele with advice and also provide a free local delivery service once a week.
Great food is as the centre of everything that we do here at Bridge 67. We want customers to understand our passion for our animals and our modern farming methods so that they can buy our beef and lamb with confidence. Knowing the provenance of meat, cutting down on waste and limiting food miles more important than ever.in todays world.
Over time we have slowly turned the farm into a productive beef and sheep farm. We decided to breed from Limousin cattle and Masham sheep and the numbers have slowly increased. Today we own a suckler beef herd of 120 cows and 400 breeding sheep.