We know our Beef!

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We have been farming cattle for generations. Currently, we breed mainly Hereford and Angus, which are great beef producers. Our cattle are organic grass fed and slowly raised. They are all Red Tractor and Soil Association registered, so grain, hormone and antibiotic free too. At the moment, while the weather is so ghastly, the cattle winter over in the sheds, on organic straw and eating our own organic silage, cut in the summer months. Below are three generations from the same Hereford family. Iris, (the one with the horns) is the grandmother and matriarch of the whole herd. At the end of the autumn, it’s Iris who shouts to us that it’s time to come in for the winter. In the spring, it’ll be Iris again who will announce that the sweet grass is growing again – she is always the first one onto pasture, and the rest of the herd seem to know that they always have to wait for her to lead the way.

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The Soil Association

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Our Beef, Lamb and Vegetables are Organic and we are Soil Association certified.  This means we follow strict EU standards and laws in relation to growing, rearing and producing.

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Our Organic Beef spend their lives in a single herd on our Organic pasture. Being in a family herd means the calves and young cattle are protected by their mothers and live a natural and stress free life. Grazing is rotated in different fields to optimise their natural health. Likewise, our Organic Sheep also live in a family unit with rotated grazing.

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During the winter months, when the weather is at its worst and the grass growth slows, the cattle have shelter in a spacious and airy barn, bedded on warm straw and fed Organic hay.

Our livestock are free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are antibiotic and hormone free. Their spacious and natural life makes a much happier and healthier animal, which are less prone to disease and illness.

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The Organic vegetables we grow are free from artificial pesticides and fertilisers.  We use traditional and chemical free methods to control any pests on our crops and fertilise our fields.

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Our pasture land and hedgerows contains a diverse wealth of native flora and fauna, which, in turn, contribute to the natural management and good health of our crops and animals. Having smaller herds means the ecosystem is not disturbed by intensive farming and so there are plenty of wild areas.  We have a strong ethos of conservation and stewardship with which we hope to continue to ethically farm this beautiful Cornish landscape for many more generations to come.

For more information on our Organic Certification, please visit:

http://www.soilassociation.org

The Golden Girls

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Our little layers have a wonderful life here at Gluvian. We have always had poultry here, throughout the generations; they have played an important and permanent part of farm life. Our ladies, and their handsome Cockerel, roost in a warm, purpose built hen house – built to withstand any threats from both the weather and our abundant local wildlife. During the daytime, they are busy and free range around the farmhouse gardens, orchard and pastures.

We are registered with the British Hens Welfare Trust and offer to re-home ex-battery hens, from intensive farms. Being an Organic farm, we hope to give these hens a chance to experience a natural, happy and peaceful way of life and we are grateful of the beautiful eggs they provide us with. We might be bias, but we really do think our fresh eggs taste better than any commercially produced ones!