Nutrition and taste

Healthy local food

Linking farming systems to health and wellbeing

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.

Natural diet

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

More omega-3

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

Find out more about the nutritional benefits of pasture-fed meat here.
Research demonstrating the health benefits of pasture-fed meat.
Read more about the Pasture For Life standards here.