Established in 2006, Wessex Grazing is a family run business, providing conservation grazing and traditional farm management in Dorset. We provide livestock and land management across 9000 acres including Briantspuddle and Moreton Heaths, the stunning chalk grassland and wood pasture of Turnworth Down and the breath-taking Hartland Moor and Studland National Nature Reserves. Working closely with the landowners and understanding their requirements is key to our success.
We manage native types of cattle and sheep that thrive on low input and low-cost systems. The genetics of our livestock are essential to our animal welfare and profitability and we sell breeding cattle and sheep.
At the centre of our work is public engagement and education about farming, food production and the environment. We have an active schools programme and deliver farm talks to both interested parties and professional groups of all ages.
The main aims of our business are to deliver sustainable farming in tandem with nature conservation and inspire future generations of farmers, land managers and consumers.
Who are we?
Jake Hancock established WCG in 2006, and prior to this worked in the environmental sector as a farm advisor for 10 years. He grew up working on the farms managed by his father.
Chrissy Hancock is qualified teacher, with 20 years’ experience working in schools and outdoor learning settings.
Between us we manage the livestock and practical farm management tasks, take regular school sessions on farm, give guided farm walks, and sell livestock and meat.