Luffingham Farming

Brief History

Lance LuffinghamAmbleside Farm is situated on the banks of the Little Tugela River close to the small town of Winterton in the central Drakensberg Mountains, in the province of Kwazulu/Natal South Africa. Ambleside Farm was established by Geoffrey Luffingham in 1936, who decided to focus his farming efforts primarily on pig production and dairying. His son Nigel Luffingham took over the running of the farm in 1968 and grew the farm to a 600 sow piggery with 90 dairy cows and 900 mutton marino sheep. Nigel embarked upon a regime to slaughter and market his own pigs via a pig abattoir in Glencoe, which was a pioneering achievement for this time. He was able to market his pigs all over the country and far afield as Cape Town. His son Lance Luffingham took over the running of the farm in 1998. The dairy was closed down and Lance decided to focus on the piggery to achieve critical mass.

Growth of the farm

Two generations later, the farm had grown from those humble beginnings and the pig production was well established with a 400 sow piggery. We still have our own state of the art feed mill, where we make fresh balanced rations on a daily basis for our modern PIC pig genetics. This is overseen by our nutritional consultants in South Africa and in Austria. We prided our selves on bringing up our animals by humane and International Best Practice welfare standards.

Our animals are still raised on fresh locally produced feed ingredients and our complete feed is hormone and growth promoter free. We have our own veterinary consultant who attends to the overall health of our herd and who is on call on a 24 hour basis.

We still have a well qualified team of farm employees, many of whom have worked on the farm since Nigel Luffingham was in charge. They are currently supervised by the farm manager Tony Craigehead and attend to the daily needs of the cattle and assorted activities on the farm now.

Moving foward

As the business of Ambleside has grown in leaps & bounds, we have found it necessary to adapt our farming practice and have concentrated instead on raising our +/- 100 head of beef animals on our Kikuya pastures. We produce our own maize and soya which is used as feed for our livestock. We utilise and process all of the livestock waste via our processing facility to make compost from the solid matter and the liquid matter is used to irrigate and fertilise our crops. Further to this, we harvest Kikuya from our pastures to be sold on as turf to new developments in the local area. We are also involved in agri tourism and have a self catering cottage on the farm called Ambleside Cottage which sleeps 8 people. View Ambleside Cottage