We produce high quality beef working in harmony with nature. This means high levels of animal welfare, no pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers.
This means more environmentally sustainably management of our land and the natural environment, and more opportunities for wildlife to thrive, there is up to 50% more wildlife on organic farms!
Organic Farming methods and standards promote good animal husbandry and welfare.
In our system the cow suckles its calf until it is weaned at around nine months of age, then fattened. The cattle are kept in family groups up to weaning so they can follow their natural herding instincts and reduce stress.
In the Summer all livestock graze the fields and are truly free range. In the Winter it is too cold and too wet for the Cows so they are kept in covered open straw yards, with plenty of space that helps to reduce stress and disease.
Our Organic system of management means our cows are happier, and healthier, so there is less need for the use of animal medicines & antibiotics. We treat animals with antibiotics only when they are actually sick, not as a routine, preventative measure. Our animals are always cared for and treated in accordance with very strict animal welfare rules.
All of our land is managed organically including over 40 acres of woodland.
The maintenance of tradition hedges and our ancient woodland are an integral part of our sustainable organic system, they provide food and homes for small animals, birds and insects, who can also act as natural pest controllers.
We grow 50 acres of oats and peas as a combination crop.
Animals need protein, and, Oats contain 11-14% protein, Peas 24%.
This reduces feed transport miles, provides us with straw for bedding, helps us manage the land.
It also helps us make sure that our animals are only have food that is grown organically.
Why is it important to make sure that Beef animals are fed 100% Organic produced food.
Our cows have a 100% organic diet, but not only that, unless there is an emergency, all of our cows feed is grown on our farm. Zero feed miles !
Closed Herd - Our livestock are born and reared on our farm, this maintains bio security avoiding introducing diseases to the herd which helps us maintain a healthy heard well adapted to the environment on our farm, only in an emergency will we buy in animals from another Organic farm.
Home grown feed - Our animals have Oats & Peas, Silage & Haylage, produced on our farm. We don’t rely on imported feed ( If bad weather cause the harvest to fail rarely we have to buy in some feed from other UK Organic farmers)
Global Warming & Organic farming
Our system of farming contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and protects natural resources.
Unlike highly intensive high input farming our farming system depends on retaining high levels of organic matter in the soil, to keep it healthy and productive. This is a major store of carbon that would otherwise rise up and trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. As we Increase organic matter in the soils it becomes more productive, and helps reduce greenhouse gasses.