Coronavirus has had many effects; one of these is a growing awareness of where our food comes from. Combine this with talks of open market links with the USA (of chlorinated chicken fame) and a growing concern around climate change and farming has become front-page news.
Corona has also meant many more people have been out walking and seeing farming first hand. We thought it a nice opportunity to start to explain a little about what we do on the farm.
During spring, lambing is our main focus. The excitement of seeing our new Ryeland ram’s lambs (he’s known as Zebedee to his friends) was no disappointment. Contrary to most people’s thoughts he was not purchased just because he looks like a teddy bear! The hope is that he will produce offspring, which, when crossed with our Lleyn ewes, (which are suited to a slower and less intensive way of farming) will not only produce the best tasting, nutrient rich meat but will also benefit the wider ecosystem.
Many of you will have seen our ewes and lambs grazing on permanent pasture; this pasture has no artificial fertilizer or pesticides added to it.
Our flock is only pasture fed meaning the ewes and lambs only eat grass, herbs and wildflowers. This 100% natural diet has been shown to increase the mineral, vitamin and omega 3 content of their meat. Grazing on permanent pasture in this way is also important to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture and in many incidences been shown to increase carbon sequestration (the ability of the soil to absorb carbon).