At Fir Farm we believe that local, sustainably farmed food from animals fed their natural diet is better for their health and general wellbeing – and ours.
Our beef and sheep are pasture-fed, certified by the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association. This means they are not fed any form of grain or manufactured feeds, which are not suited to their digestive systems. Intensive livestock production, which often feeds animals on soya, maize or wheat in order to accelerate growth, can be damaging to the animal’s wellbeing and also to the environment. Cultivation of crops for livestock feed are one of the main drivers of deforestation, and are often reliant on chemical inputs, including fertilisers and pesticides. Meat derived from animals fed on pasture has been shown to have higher nutritional value.
Nutritional benefits of pasture-fed meat
Lower total fat levels
and lower saturated fat content
and lower omega-6 fatty acids
High in vitamins
including A, E and B12
High in minerals
including calcium, magnesium and potassium
Source of heme iron
more easily absorbed by the body
Source of zinc
and conjugated linoleic and vaccenic acid