End of an era: Lamb Man to sell his farm

Jimmy Bell, aka Jimmy the Lamb Man, at a market in Morpeth.
Jimmy Bell, aka Jimmy the Lamb Man, at a market in Morpeth.

A Northumberland farmer, who was among the first in the county to take advantage of online trading to grow his business, is to sell his farm.

Well-known to many from the region’s farmers’ markets, Jimmy Bell is best known as The Lamb Man.

Recognising an opportunity to sell directly to the public, which not only gave him the chance to market his specially-bred Texel cross lambs, but also to utilise his butchery skills, Jimmy created The Lamb Man brand some 18 years ago.

Selling through local farmers’ markets, online and directly from his East Wingates farm, near Longhorsley, the brand took off and he now delivers his home-grown Northumberland lamb to customers nationwide.

“There have been 10 generations of the family who have farmed in Northumberland and four here at East Wingates, so while it is sad to be leaving the farm, we are definitely not giving up on farming altogether,” Jimmy said.

“Instead we will be reducing the size of the flock and continuing to sell our hill lamb directly when in season, both online and at a reduced number of the region’s farmers’ markets.

“Regular customers will still be able to place orders as before and I will continue the bespoke butchery service to local farmers and the cutting demonstrations I do at the county shows and fairs.”

Graeme Bruce, from the Alnwick office of YoungsRPS, the selling agents for the farm, said: “East Wingates is in a beautiful setting, yet close to the village of Longhorsley and handy for the A697.

East Wingates Farm is now on the market either as a whole or in four separate lots.

The guide price for the farm as a whole is set at offers in excess of £1.9million.

Further details are available on the YoungsRPS web site at www.youngsrps.com or from the Alnwick office on 01665 606800.