In 1934 Joe Kemp, an accountant by trade, realising there were many small egg producers and no marketing, set up a farmers co operative to market eggs which grew to become Yorkshire Egg Producers in 1947, the biggest egg packing business in the country. He bought a small farm in Driglington near the egg packing stations and the business continued to expand under the leadership of his eldest son Peter becoming Golden Lay Eggs.
David the younger wanted to farm and he moved onto Springfield Farm in Horsforth in 1952, where the family still farm. Although a mixed farm, dairy farming was the main enterprise, along with chickens and pigs for a time. The farm gradually grew in size as smaller adjacent farms came up for sale or rent. When David's son Rory finished at agricultural college, as well as helping with the dairy cows and pigs, he started a pick your own with strawberries, raspberries and other soft fruit.
David Retired in 1992 and by then the milking-parlour, that was state of the art when David set it up, was tired, out of date and too small. Rory wished to update it but over the years the farm had become surrounded by new houses and so really it was not practical at this location.
The search for a new farm where the dairy could continue resulted in a chance conversation with an arable farmer who Rory had worked for as a harvest student. Rory ended up buying this farm, Glebe farm, in a pretty village in Ryedale and became an arable farmer instead, growing wheat, barley and oilseed rape.
Rory continued with the pick your own in Horsforth and added a small livery yard which has gradually grown in size. The remaining land at Springfield Farm is used to grow grass for silage for cattle and haylage for horses.
David continued to live at Springfield farm with a few suckler cows to keep an eye on, but when he sadly passed away in 2012 the cattle moved over to Glebe Farm, and since then their numbers have gradually been increasing.