Friendship Estates is a family-run farming and feed manufacturing business, based in Stubbs Walden, near Doncaster, at the southern tip of North Yorkshire.
The company was established in 1935 by Frederick Cooke, the great-grandfather of the present managing director, Andrew Cooke. Andrew’s father John moved the business to Stubbs Walden in 1955 when he began farming.
He was responsible for growing the business, and from 1972 was an early advocate of farm diversification. The aim was to add value to all products from the farm.
Since 2010, most of our farmland has been farmed under Natural England’s Entry Level Stewardship environmental scheme.
As part of the scheme we have changed the way in which we manage the farm with the aim of increasing food supplies and habitats for wildlife.