What is Pasture Fed?
We're members of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association. (PFLA) This means that our cows and sheep eat exactly what they’re designed to eat - pasture!
Our animals are free to roam large fields of organic grass and herbs, high up on the Berkshire Downs. Organic standards dictate that animals have access to fields for most of their lives and access to appropriate food stuffs, but the PFLA goes one step further. They say:
"Pasture containing grasses, wildflowers and herbs is the natural diet of cattle and sheep. Yet today, very few animals are fed on pasture alone. Many farmers now try to produce their meat as quickly as possible, by feeding things like cereals and imported soya, and keeping them indoors for some, or all of the time. So animals are vanishing from our fields and the tasty, healthy food they produce from grazing grass is hard to find. The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association brings together British farmers committed to producing high quality food in a more natural way."
We feel that the PFLA, combined with organic standards and our own holistic way of managing our livestock and pastures, provide the very best way of rearing animals in a natural and sustainable way. We allow our animals to graze and browse the meadows and hedges, enjoying a completely natural diet. We don’t use fertilisers or pesticides, just rely on the nutrition in the soil to make the grass grow, supplemented only by the clovers and wild flowers that grow among the grasses.
It's not just sheep and cattle that eat grass though. Our pigs and laying hens all have a huge amount of grass in their diets. Healthy pasture is central to everything we do.
Herb Filled PasturesHerbs planted amongst the grasses allow the animals to self-medicate, meaning that we rarely have to intervene to keep them healthy. Because our soil is healthy, the plants are healthy and consequently our animals are healthy. So it stands to reason that their meat is too.
Grass-fed meat is higher in omega 3 and CLA (another healthy fat) than their grain-fed counterparts. Their meat and milk is also higher in vitamin E because of their constant access to grass, so not only are the animals healthy, but you can be too!
SustainabilityWe farm sustainably, never depleting the soil of its nutrients, using nature's powerhouse, clover, to feed the soil as well as our animals, and we take care to produce our organic beef and lamb slowly. This gives wonderful depth of flavour produces good marbling in the meat.
The meat you buy from us has had the most natural life possible, so you can be assured that the beef, lamb and mutton you enjoy is sustainable, ethical, natural and healthy just as nature intended. It’s the Sheepdrove way!