We keep our animals in small extensive herds & flocks, using older slower growing traditional breeds to produce the best meat we can from healthy, happy animals. You can come and visit to see how we farm anytime. The farm here was set up with the advice and help of some of the UK's foremost farm animal welfare experts.
All the animals are kept extensively and allowed to mature before slaughter. All animals can and are seen everyday by our farmers, co-farmers, and visitors. Our mortality rates are very low and our animals live on average twice as long as those in more intensive farm systems. We have a fully qualified on-site vet and call upon the RVC/Westpoint vet partnership for support where needed. The only way we differ from the Soil Association husbandry guides for all species (the highest welfare standards in the UK) is that we buy local straw and silage feed from local farms which are not organic.
The animals rotate with crops, silage and vegetable growing, together with clover the animals are improving soil fertility and enabling us to not need artificial fertiliser.
Church Farm Animals on farm average at any one time.....
60 Red Poll Cattle – a dual purpose East Anglian Breed. Also some Black Angus Heifers. 12 Berkshire Pigs – for the best Pork, hardy animals, prolific and good mothers 12 British Lop Pigs – prolific and hardy the lops are ideal for bacon and ham 60 Black Welsh Mountain Sheep – hardy, great mothers, easier lambing 150 Lleyn Sheep – well suited to extensive production 400 Chicken Layers - Light Sussex, White Leghorn, Cuckoo Maran and Black Rock, Hybrids 200 Poulet Anglais Type Table Chickens 100 Norfolk Black Turkeys 100 Aylesbury Ducks & 100 Embden Geese