It all started when…
Moss Edge Farm, Cockerham, has been in the Holmes Family for five generations with Steven planning on being the sixth. With the farm having ceased milking in 1986, it has since reared beef cattle, produced cereals, provided winter grazing for sheep, made high quality haylidge, stored and sold straw, housed cattle for neighbouring farms and provided services from cultivation to bailing. All these enterprises have helped the farm stay sustainable, however due to inflation it was always going to be a challenge for Steven to purchase the farm and make monthly repayments whilst trying to run the various enterprises and generate enough income.
Steven soon realised that a new direction for Moss Edge Farm was needed. Unable to take a sustainable wage from the business Steven went working for other businesses on a self employed basis undertaking groundwork, steel erection, farm work and logistics. Steven at 21 secured his C+E entitlement, whilst helping out on the farm he would be out driving trucks in his spare time.
Whilst managing Farm Yard Ales, Steven still spends his evenings collecting milk from farms to support this new business.
Steven was aware that craft beer market was growing and spotted an opportunity to be part of it, He was already passionate about craft beer and wanted to move in this direction with the farm. With the support from his parents, the Rural Development Programe and the NatWest, Farm Yard Ales was created, we built everything from scratch, the steel framed building and the sloping floors have all been carefully designed purposely to house a 2,000 litre brew plant and all the associated equipment. We have a fully licensed Tap Room above the cold store which is open to the public every weekend. The building is fully insulated and heated.
Back in October 2017 there was only Steven, now there is Darius and Lorna two full time employees, with the whole family helping out, we have a further two full time jobs in the pipeline.