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Ethical Farming

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Natural and sustainable farming

Unlike most commercial farmers, rearing large numbers of fast growing hybrid birds, we choose to rear only traditional and natural breeds of chicken. We maintain our flocks at naturally sustainable and manageable stocking levels, providing them with plenty of access to fresh pasture, providing a non-GM diet, using no chemicals, medication or hormones, on our animals or on our land.

Our sheep are extensively reared in a small sustainable flock, on natural grassland and managed with a personal interaction rather than impersonal commercial farming methods and routine antibiotics or chemical sprays. 

 

Our beef is locally sourced from Grange Farm, a local Oxfordshire farm with three generations of experience and who's livestock are reared to the same high standards we demand on our own farm. Grass fed throughout the year they range and enjoy a natural healthy life. During winter and calving time they will be given a grain mix to maintain health and condition. 

By relying on modern machinery and large scale systems we have lost an essential connection to animals and the land. We believe farmers should interact more personally with, care for and nurture the animals under their responsibility.

Principled farming

Our principles are informed by the desire to farm naturally and sustainably:

 

  • To treat livestock ethically, meeting their physiological and behavioural needs

  • To maintain the long term fertility and biological activity of soils

  • To foster biodiversity and protect sensitive habitats and landscapes

  • To maximise the use of renewable sources and recycling

  • To minimise pollution and waste

  • To develop ecologically responsible production, processing and distribution chains, emphasising local systems

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