A snip of history
Situated high up on the Berkshire Downs adjacent to the famous Ridgeway Path, Bower Farm, the home of Walters Turkeys is a commercial mixed farm run by the Walters family since 1911. The farm is leased from Yattendon Estates on a long standing tenancy www.yattendon.co.uk. Phillip is the third generation of the Walters family to be farming at Bower Farm working alongside his son Edward who is continuing the family business.
Bower Farm itself extends to approximately 670 acres, comprising 500 acres of arable crops and 170 acres of permanent pasture for cattle and sheep, a further 225 acres of permanent pasture is leased for grazing.
The turkey enterprise is now the most significant part of our farming business whilst other livestock on the farm includes sheep, suckler cows and their calves and 400 beef cattle mostly bought off local farms and reared by us from young calves.
The arable side of the farm is also very important. A lot of the crops are used in our mill and mix to make feed for the cattle and turkeys.
Bower Farm is part of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, this recognises land of great environmental importance and ensures correct management practices are implemented. There are two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on the farm and two Stone Curlew Plots which are managed in conjunction with the RSPB.