Pastoral farming for climate friendly beef

Pastoral farming for climate friendly beef

Recent years have seen a growing scepticism towards eating meat, fuelled by knowledge of the environmental impact of intensive livestock farming. This has led to a shift towards vegetarianism and veganism in the population, and even proposals to eliminate meat from...
Cheap food – value versus cost

Cheap food – value versus cost

I’m writing again on a chicken theme largely in response to the Guardian investigation into the production practices at the 2 Sisters Food group (2SFG) in the midlands. Apart from its findings I am genuinely interested into how poultry is processed on such a...
Organic Chicken – FAQs

Organic Chicken – FAQs

Over the years I have noticed that the same questions about organic chicken crop up regularly when chatting to customers, so we wondered if a quick fact sheet may help. Apologies to those of you who know this stuff, here goes. Does organic mean free range? Organic...
Grass Fed Meat: Why bother?

Grass Fed Meat: Why bother?

I know I always say this, but in Scotland we are blessed, we have a mild climate with plenty of rain, and so we can grow any food that we need. As organic farmers though, our major crop is grass. Growing grass is a mild obsession, as grass, or more precisely clover...
Animal Welfare: Why should we care?

Animal Welfare: Why should we care?

Every day I walk into the farm and there’s a squad of piglets mooching about. We brought a sick sow in to keep an eye on her and she then had 8 piglets. They’re now 6 weeks old and they have started venturing out. I hurry past in my infinite busyness but their baby...
Good food culture in Scotland’s big year

Good food culture in Scotland’s big year

Phew. Lets all catch our breath. Scotland is having a very busy year. Commonwealth games, Referendum, Ryder Cup, AND good weather. As farmers we have had a near perfect growing year. We’ve needed it. After the very challenging growing seasons of 2012 and 2013 we were...
Growing things: A Mysterious Process

Growing things: A Mysterious Process

It’s spring time at the moment, an emotional time for farmers and growers. We are itching to get sowing and begin the growing season. There’s a burst of new flavours for the cook in the family to use; purple sprouting broccoli, rhubarb, spring greens and the ever...