14th May 2019
We specialise in Rare /Traditional Breed Farm Animals kept on our smallholding just outside Melbourne . We also keep Chickens, Guinea Fowl plus Bronze and Black Turkeys for the Christmas market.
Our Pedigree Herd of Dexter Cattle are a hardy breed originating from the west of Ireland. They are known for being dual purpose animals producing Milk and best of all from our point of view, producing delicious Beef. Dexter Beef has a reputation for being rich in flavour, well-marbled and succulent. Recent research by Professor Mike Lee at the University of Bristol has demonstrated that beef from grass-fed cattle contains as much Omega 3 oil as Mackerel.
The small Herd of pigs are made up of Gloucestershire Old Spot, Middle White and Pietrains.( a recent import from Belgium)
Our animals are all fed on grass, hay, and Fodder Beet either grown here or on local Farms.
We take our animals to a local family run abbatoir 8 miles away. This means a short last journey for our animals ensuring less stress all round. It also reduces food miles
Our pigs live in small groups spending most of their lives outdoors in either a wooded area or a paddock. They are fed on a low protein meal recommended for Traditional Breed Pigs, this is milled for us by Peter Rhodes Feed Services a local company.
Traditional breeds are slow growing and take longer than the modern breeds to mature, this means that their meat has time to develop flavour and texture. We sell pork, sausages and our own dry-cured bacon and hams. The crackling on the pork is to 'die for' !!!!
Weaners are available throughout the year, please contact us for details.
We produce Oven-ready Chickens specially bred for meat and to range outdoors. These birds who can get to between 3lbs & 8lbs in weight oven-ready. They are fed on locally grown wheat and maize and allowed to range freely in a large orchard. The birds are hung for 2-3 days to allow them to develop a fuller flavour. These are available throughout the year as are our oven-ready-Guinea Fowl which are also a speciality meat strain..
Also for Christmas are our outdoor reared Bronze & Black Turkeys. coming to us as day-olds in late May, they are fed on locally produced corn with access to grass and other vegetation on the Farm. All our Poultry are hand plucked before being hung, 10 days for Turkeys & 2-3 days for Chickens and Guinea Fowl.
We can deliver Turkeys locally or all birds can be collected from the farm by arrangement.