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The Animals

An overview of the animals and a little detail about each one and why they are chosen

The Animals

Beef Cattle - Stabilisers

The Stabiliser is a hybrid breed originally developed in America by crossing Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental and Gelbvieh.  Stabilisers are recognised as a pedigree breed under EU regulations. 

The cow is bred to have a moderate frame and be functional with calving ease, high fertility along with longevity. They have a calm temperament.

 

Stabliser cattle are very efficient on a grass based system, this means more and more stabiliser farmers are turning away from using soya in winter feeds because the pressure to up the weight is reduced due to this efficient weight increase over the summer months compared to other breeds.

The beef produced from the cattle receives great feedback. It is considered to be a very tender meat, with aspects such as the marbling of fat running through the meat of a great standard. We also found the marbling of a excellent level when comparing it to many other breeds. The Beef from the Stabilisers are farmed at Great Avercombe, you can read more about the farm on Our Suppliers Page

Beef Cattle - Red Ruby Devon

Red ruby devon is a native cow to devon and the surrounding areas, and has adapted for the areas of the hills and gorges of the west country, they flourish on a 100% pasture diet and are a hardy breed. Their beef is well marbled and with a rich developed taste. The cows are a deep "ruby red" colour and can grow to a large size. 

Devon Cattle are considered to be a great breed for a low-input and sustainable farm so could be key to farming in the meathods we encourage. The Ruby Red Devon are farmed at South town Farm and you can read more about them on Our Suppliers page

Lamb - Cheviot Crosses

The Cheviot is a sturdy, stout sheep, suitable for farms using a low input system. They produce hardy lambs which can create  excellent quality carcases for the meat. They work well on a grass fed only plan. The diverse land and herbel leys means they have a naturally varied diet and create lamb with a layered and deep (but not strong) flavour. Farmed at Horner Farm, on Our Supplier page you can read a little more about the farm.

Pork - Gloucester Old Spot, Saddleback and Large Black

The Gloucestershire Old Spots is an English breed of pig which is predominantly white with black spots. The pigs are white with defined black spots. . The Old Spots was once a very popular breed of pig however with the onset of intensive farming high-yield breeds were chosen to suit factory conditions . The breed's maternal skills enable it to raise large litters of piglets on pasture which is exactly what happens at our supplier Redwoods farm which you can read more about on Our suppliers page

Saddlebacks are a hardy pig, again suited to outdoor organic style farming. They are good grazers and are considered very docile making them easier to manage.

Large Blacks, classified as endangered by the rare breeds survival trust. Like the other pigs they are also calm tough and well suited to pasture system, something that allows them to have less supplemented feed than other pig breeds that would be more suited to intensive farming.

Chickens - Hubbard cross

 

The chickens are farmed in enclosed pens on grass that follow the cattle as they graze through sections of the field. The chickens are raised on a diet consisting of grass, insects and other forage found naturally on the pasture at about 50%. With the rest of their feed being made up of a mix that doesn't contain soya, something very unique. The feed used is locally grown to them. The chickens are grown slowly and live a much longer life than commercially grown chickens. This creates a deeper flavour, this being combined with their natural and varied diet, ends up with a large tasty chicken. These are farmed at Redwoods farm,, you can read a little more about them on Our Suppliers page

Goats - Boer

 

Boer Goats, originating from South Africa in the early 1900s is a larger goat bred for meat. They have characteristic large ears, most likely an adaptation to their warm climate. They excel on a rotating pasture system where being browsers, they eat many of the plants left behind by cattle and sheep such as young thistle growth and other more problem plants. This means land can be kept without the need for topping and spraying unwanted weeds. The Goats are grown slowly to 18 Months producing some of the exquisite meat we know. We farm these at Horner farm, you can read more about them on Our Suppliers page