Mixed livestock farming is central to our sustainable system, helping to build soil fertility naturally, whilst the animals enjoy rich pastureland with a huge – and growing – diversity of flora and fauna.
We raise 100% pasture-fed beef cattle and sheep, as well as free-range pigs and poultry fed on home grown, organically produced feed.
We choose native breeds of livestock, naturally adapted to their local environment. This helps us to manage the land in environmentally sensitive ways, protecting soil, increasing biodiversity and enhancing meat quality.
The health of our animals is paramount. They are all fed on a varied and natural diet, free from the routine use of medications that contribute to antibiotic resistance. We use a mob grazing system which mimics the natural behaviour of wild grazing animals as closely as possible in a farmed setting. This brings significant benefits to the soil, pasture quality and biodiversity.
The natural instinct of grazing animals is to move and graze as a group, ensuring safety against predators. To mimic this we graze our animals on small areas for short periods, moving them to fresh grass every few days. This creates a more natural grassland and soil ecosystem in which grass can fully recover and the soil is broken up naturally by the trampling of cattle, allowing moisture and seeds to be better absorbed, creating fertility and diversity.
This video of Joel Salatin, a mixed livestock rancher from Virginia, USA, explains some of the practicalities and benefits of mob grazing, which he has successfully implemented on his farm.
We use a local abattoir which is only 50 minutes away. For us, it is vitally important to slaughter as close to where the animals are born and raised as possible. This reduces the animal’s stress, which can also affect the taste and quality of the meat, as well as reducing food miles and the carbon footprint of our meat. Local abattoirs are essential for local food systems, without which we could not have locally produced, traceable meat. This is why we are supporting the Sustainable Food Trust’s campaign for local abattoirs as, unfortunately, many small abattoirs have been forced to close in recent years.
- To find out more about the Campaign for Local Abattoirs click here.
- To read more about the importance of native breeds click here.
- You can read more about the importance of livestock in sustainable systems by the Sustainable Food Trust here
- You can read more about why pasture is best by the Pasture Fed Livestock Association here.